RE 5040 Fall 2011
Nakita Carson
Re: Amanda Solesbee/Lori Vestal/Tonya Isenhour
Sun Nov 20, 2011 16:19

Very interesting research ladies! I think the problem with motivating boys to read is definitely one that teachers everywhere can truly identify with! The idea of a boys only book club is a great idea! I wonder if you will see the same results if you continued it as a boys only writing club as you mentioned in your presentation? Well done!

  • Amanda Solesbee/Lori Vestal/Tonya Isenhour - koppenhaverd, Tue Nov 8 16:03
    Discuss Amanda, Lori, and Tonya's presentation on boys' reading interests here.
    • Re: Amanda Solesbee/Lori Vestal/Tonya Isenhour - Ashley Joyce, Sat Dec 10 12:38
      Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing your research on these types of boys! Let's face it... boys will be boys! Most of them are more concerned with their DS or football practice. Engaging them... more
    • Boys Reading Interest - lanierrm1, Sat Dec 10 12:16
      An all boys reading club would be very interesting this is something I think my 2nd grade boys would enjoy. I also wonder about interest based reading clubs. I have students who have similar interest ... more
      • Re: Boys Reading Interest - whitney fisher, Tue Dec 13 22:10
        I was thinking about interest reading groups too! Students can present books that they have read and enjoyed. It could be a great way to spread knowledge about the books that are out there. It may be ... more
      • Re: Boys Reading Interest - Ashley Joyce, Sat Dec 10 12:40
        I think it's great that you pay close attention to what your students are interested in and the types of books they choose to read. Pressuring students to read books that they are totally not... more
    • Reading Interests - burchamal, Sat Dec 10 07:48
      Great job! I find it very interesting to examine students and their reading interests and how that might correlate with their reading habits. I liked the use of the reading interest inventory and the ... more
      • Re: Reading Interests - Ashley Joyce, Sat Dec 10 12:42
        I agree. The book jacket is a "fun" little project that the students can do. In order to do the project they have no choice but to read the book. It's like a little incentive for them! ;)
    • Amanda, Lori, & Tonya - sarah Hutson, Wed Dec 7 08:45
      Our research projects were very similar! We also used an interest inventory survey...I would love to see how yours differed from ours. Our data was also collected from journal entries and... more
      • Tonya's group - Amanda Solesbee, Thu Dec 8 00:05
        Tonya is a PE teacher, therefore she had to pull her kids during the day during her planning time and used kids from other classes. She doesn't have her own reading classroom- hope that helps explain ... more
    • Boys' Reading Interest - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 17:38
      Outstanding! Enjoyed your strategies and the music! You have wonderful graphic organizers! Boys a really challenging-especially in the older grades! The Boys' Club is a super idea! In all of the... more
      • integrating reading - Tonya Isenhour, Thu Dec 8 11:23
        Sarah, I will share ideas and activities I do in my classes to integrate literacy. I do not have any data that could proof that integrating movement, motor skill etc helps with interest but there is... more
        • response to Tonya - sarah patten, Thu Dec 8 21:22
          Great!! I think the more ways your whole body is trying to create new motor pathways- the better chances you will remember these useful strategies! I love the tapping of the balloon while saying... more
    • boys' reading interests - Ginger Landers, Wed Nov 30 16:52
      The design of your presentation was very interesting and organized. I liked how you included photos and music to make it more stimulating - that was very creative. Your ideas of creating an all boys... more
    • boys book clubs - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 00:30
      Awesome job! Motivating boys to read can be a challenge. In kindergarten I have even noticed it, although most of my students are really excited to learn to read. Having a boys book club is a great... more
      • Boys' Reading Interest - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 17:40
        I love getting the media specialist involved!! They should know the latest books in the different genres and their input would be interesting!
        • Re: Boys' Reading Interest - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 16:09
          Thanks Sarah! We have a new one this year at Moore and he would probably love to help out. I think the kids would also like getting book advice from someone other than me- he's an expert in there... more
    • Boys' reading interests - Marlee Wright, Mon Nov 28 23:17
      From a personal standpoint, as well as a professional standpoint, I find this to be a fascinating topic. My two "boys," who are now 25 and 22 years old, rarely read for pleasure, although they... more
    • Motivation - Kara Scott , Mon Nov 28 16:37
      Great job getting boys to read. I liked how you were able to view different grade levels. I also like how you had the flexibility in your study to have to focus groups both before and after school.... more
    • setting the bar high - koppenhaverd, Mon Nov 28 15:23
      I love the many ways the three of you set the bar high: success and thoughtfulness of the intervention, quality of the presentation in appearance and audio additions, timeliness of submission.... more
    • Re: Amanda Solesbee/Lori Vestal/Tonya Isenhour - Ashley Montgomery, Thu Nov 24 08:33
      I really enjoyed your presentation. The research you did was very interesting. I find that even in kindergarten it is difficult to get boys motivated to read. I like that you selected books based on... more
    • Response to Boys' Book Clubs - beasleycm, Wed Nov 23 10:47
      I enjoyed your presentation. I agree that in my classroom, it is harder for some of the boys to settle down and be motivated to read. I try to have a wide variety of books and genres available for my ... more
      • motivating boys - Ruth Ann Timmons, Wed Nov 30 23:44
        I also have found it to be a challenge at times to keep boys in my class motivated to read. I have made an extra effort over the last several years to add many non-fiction books to my collection.... more
    • Response to Amanda, Lori, and Tonya - Whitney Fisher, Mon Nov 21 22:11
      I like how you had such a wide variety of grade levels and schools represented in your study. Your research questions are so relevant to all teachers because finding male students' interests are so... more
      • response to Whitney - Lori Vestal, Thu Nov 24 11:26
        I do think part of the success of the boys club is because we let the boys have some say so in what they read. I think this gave them a sense of ownership in their learing.
        • Re: response to Whitney - crousejs, Fri Dec 16 00:15
          I have never taught a class before with 14 boys. And having 14 boys all fixated on dinosaurs, sharks, Superman, and Cars 2 is a lot different (and out numbering) my girls’ interests. I didn’t have... more
        • Re: response to Whitney - whitney fisher, Tue Dec 13 18:00
          It is so hard to let students choose their books during reading groups. I ended up choosing a couple of books that matched the group's reading level and had the students choose from those books. It... more
    • Choosing the right book - burchamal, Mon Nov 21 16:34
      I enjoyed your presentation. It was put together very well and I think it covered a problem that most teachers face: trying to get boys to read. I have book clubs for my higher level students and... more
      • choosing the right book - Amanda Solesbee, Tue Nov 22 23:53
        We chose our books by using our Interest Inventory that had questions related to their reading and what they enjoyed reading about. For some students, they didn't like reading at all- so we based... more
        • additional thoughts on matching interests - koppenhaverd, Mon Nov 28 16:00
          Amanda, Lori, and Tonya clearly approached interests thoughtfully and their data say effectively. Some additional criteria you might consider in answer to some of the questions in this thread are:... more
          • response to matching interests - Lori Vestal, Mon Nov 28 19:49
            I know I thought it was interesting that all my boys surveyed at first stated that none of them liked what they read during reading class at school. I heard this comment often from my boys, "I really ... more
    • Re: Amanda Solesbee/Lori Vestal/Tonya Isenhour - Nakita Carson, Sun Nov 20 16:19
      • response to Nakita - Lori Vestal, Sun Nov 20 17:22
        I think if I incorporated more writing, I would still use a book as a jumping off point. My boys really struggle with writing so I would use some support and modeling if I were to continue it with a... more
        • Re: response to Nakita - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:50
          I am constantly searching for books that are great story starters! There should be a list compiled some where!
    • Boys' Reading Interest - atkinssh, Sun Nov 20 16:10
      I really liked the way you all structured your book club. I also have a more difficult time getting my male students to become more motivated to read. It is often difficult to find topics in which... more
      • repy to atkinshh - Lori Vestal, Thu Dec 1 18:22
        My boys really enjoyed the animal books I had for my book club, but I think one reason was that I had a variety of levels and let them explore. I did not make them only look at books on their level.... more
    • Boy's Reading Interest - beasleylm, Sat Nov 19 15:17
      I really enjoyed this presentation and the study. It is so hard for some of my boys in my 4th grade classroom to get motivated to read. I really love how you have "clubs" where they join together... more
    • Boys' Reading Interest presentation response - MaryBeth , Sat Nov 19 14:21
      First, what a cool looking presentation. I loved the bright colors that you used, the student work samples, and the pictures that were incorporated. I have particular interest in boys, since I have 2 ... more
      • Graphic Novels - Amanda Solesbee, Sat Nov 19 22:50
        Thanks for the comment on the presentation! It seemed like it took forever to make :-) All the pictures of the kids except for one are from our classes. The boys really had a great time in our clubs. ... more
        • Re: Graphic Novels - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:51
          I have found this year's boys love them!
        • graphic novels - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 17:43
          I love the idea about using the comic strips after reading a book and creating a graphic novel! Boys are especially interested in these books and they can be a useful tool!
        • Re: Graphic Novels - Kara Scott, Fri Dec 2 16:17
          I couldn't agree more. I think graphic novels are wonderful for male students. When I taught the upper grades a few years ago, graphic novels changed my males students perspective on reading... more
          • Re: Graphic Novels - whitney fisher, Sun Dec 11 15:18
            Not only are they great for boys and younger students but also for adults. I read my first ever graphic novel this past semester and I enjoyed it so much. I had never been able to read books like... more
          • Re: Graphic Novels - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 20:11
            I really don't understand how I had never heard of graphic novels until Dr. Moorman's class! Where have I been?
        • Graphic Novels - MaryBeth, Sun Nov 20 10:18
          It sound like the books about immigration were a great theme. It's always good to be able to work on other academic areas (such as Social Studies) while you are working on reading too. About graphic... more
          • Graphic Novels - Amanda Solesbee, Sun Nov 20 13:30
            Are you taking the course with Dr. Moorman? If so, I am also in that course now and we also did a unit on graphic novels- sounds similar to what you are doing in class too?
            • graphic novels - MaryBeth, Mon Nov 21 14:08
              Yep! I'm taking that class. 5 years ago when I was teaching you rarely heard of them. I'm thinking of starting to write them myself! Ha! In all seriousness, it does seem like they have become really... more
              • graphic novels - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 00:42
                Since working with graphic novels in Moorman's class I have noticed them everywhere- they are SO popular now! When I was little I remember the classic comic book style and being turned off by them... more
                • re:graphic novels - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 29 08:04
                  I agree Ruth Ann. I was NOT a comic book fan as a youngster, so I guess I was a little surprised to hear in Moorman's class about how popular they were. It seems like there are much more varied in... more
                  • Graphic novels - Marlee Wright, Tue Nov 29 23:09
                    I am in Dr. Moorman's class too, and as I was doing that graphic novel project I came across two wonderful graphic novels about Ann Frank. They contained lots of history - it really surprised me how... more
                    • re: graphic novels - Ginger Landers, Wed Dec 14 21:04
                      I, too, was not a fan of graphic novels or superheros as a child but they are great resources to incorporate into a classroom library. They do come in a array of subject matter and can even be used... more
      • reply to Mary Beth - Lori Vestal, Sat Nov 19 17:22
        MaryBeth, For my group, they were really interested in animals, so I focused on animal books. I started out with non fiction books at first and then added some fiction fun books at the end. I did not ... more
        • I agree - MaryBeth, Sun Nov 20 10:13
          I agree that attitude plays a big part in success. It seems like if the students want to do something, even if it is a challenge for them, that they find a way to become successful with it. I'm... more
    • Boys' reading interest - Rachel Hicks, Sat Nov 19 12:24
      Your presentation was amazing. If I had boys that could read in my classroom, I would love to start a boys' reading club. I think the whole idea of trying to get boys excited about reading is... more
      • say what, Rachel? - koppenhaverd, Mon Nov 28 15:31
        You have NO boys who can read, at all, in your classroom? I'm lost. And if that's really the case, it seems you need a boys club even more desperately than our 3 presenters. Lots of ways to read when ... more
        • RE: say what :-) - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 18:42
          I guess, by that definition of reading. Meaning the ability to listen and understand text, read/recognize environmental print, then YES all of my students can read in some way shape or form. I guess... more
        • Tarheel Reader - burchamal, Mon Nov 28 17:18
          I had never used TarHeel Reader Books until recently and my students with reading difficulties love it. One student in particular who is reading at a mid-year 1st grade level (I teach 4th) loves to... more
      • what boys liked - Tonya Isenhour, Sun Nov 20 14:59
        In my group I had second grade, so I chose the books for them. I based that descision on research evidence that boys at this age still view reading as fun and enjoyable.
        • personalized interests - koppenhaverd, Mon Nov 28 15:36
          I love how all of you responded in unique ways to your students' interests but kept the same basic framework. Another thing that boys like according to research (and my experience sure confirms this) ... more
          • reply to koppenhaver - Lori Vestal, Mon Dec 5 19:36
            Dr. Koppenhaver, I explored the websites you have linked. The Alice story seemed interesting, is that supposed to be like an on going story as it happens?? I also wonder about what effect is... more
          • using technology - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 01:04
            It was only a matter of time that children would follow the examples of parents and other adults they see reading using the newest technology. After all, kids often seem to easily dive into using the ... more
      • Books we read - Amanda Solesbee, Sat Nov 19 23:02
        My boys love the historical genre to where they can relate themselves to the event taking place in the book. They will always ask after reading a certain part of the book if they can go online or... more
      • reply to Rachel - Lori Vestal, Sat Nov 19 17:29
        Rachel, I read mainly animal books with my group of boys. Because of time, we did not get a chance to explore many different genres, but I would like to if we continue this activity. On one meeting I ... more
        • re: reply - Rachel Hicks, Sat Nov 19 17:42
          Anytime that the students say that a book should be longer is a great thing. If that ever happens again, you should give them time to write an alternative ending. I think that would be a wonderful... more
          • re: reply - Ruth Ann Timmons, Thu Dec 1 22:53
            Great idea Rachel. I love when my kids are excited about the stories we read in class. When they ask to re-read a book- its the best! I think they would really enjoy writing their own ending.
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