RE 5040 Fall 2011
Lori Vestal
response to matching interests
Mon Nov 28, 2011 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 like the fact that we get a choice in what I read." When I work with a student 1:1 I try to let him choose the book on his level that he wants to read, which I know is not always realistic to do in reading groups, but he is much more interested in reading. I have watched him pull himself through a book, because he WANTED to read it.

One day I let the boys "read" a book on Tumblebooks and they really enjoyed it.

I also feel that AR resticts students because if the reading level is well above their grade level, the books they read are not always developmentally appropriate. For example, my son was reading on a middle school level well before he reached middle school, but in the mean time he was not allowed to read alot of good literature below his reading level because the books were "too easy" for him. Where did reading just for enjoyment go? When I reflect on the classes that stand out to me and I feel like I have learned the most, it is the ones that I enjoyed and seemed like I was having fun it, even though I was really learning.

  • 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
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RE 5040 Fall 2011