RE 5040 Fall 2011
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additional thoughts on matching interests
Mon Nov 28, 2011 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: boys prefer nonfiction to fiction (80-20, girls are the exact opposite as a gender); boys prefer to read shorter passages than book-length materials (so webpages, magazines, and such); boys prefer to read on or with technology (e.g., Kindles, websites, iPads...). Some general criteria: to increase interest increase choice (AR restricts choice, traditional school curricula restrict choice, our personal in-class collections often restrict choice) and increase ease (few of us like to read really hard books. I am in Barnes and Noble. I have not gone to the help desk and said, "Hi, I'm a professor with a Ph.D. Where are your really hard books?" In fact, I have checked out the magazines, the children's books, and some of the fiction. All of them are well below my measured reading level).

  • 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
      • 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
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RE 5040 Fall 2011