RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Reading to one another
Thu Dec 1, 2011 20:16

Great job on your research, ladies! I also have noticed with my younger students, especially, that they love to read to each other. Each day, during the blocks of time that I see my EC students, they read silently with whisper phones until it is their turn to rotate to read to me. Sometimes, I allow them to read to each other and they think it is some type of reward! And, I suppose, in a way, it is. They view the opportunity to read to a peer social time. Did you allow students to choose any level of book that they wanted to read or did you restrict them to only choosing books on their independent level? Also, did you have students complete a task or activity after they read each day, such as writing a short summary?

  • Nakita Carson/ Sarah Patten - koppenhaverd, Tue Nov 8 21:12
    Discuss Nakita and Sarah's presentation on motivating students to read here.
    • motivation - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 23:33
      Great presentation of thoughtful research. Intrinsic motivation seems to have been easier for you to achieve than I would have thought. Given the interest survey you gave and the fun activities you... more
    • Reading Buddies - Whitney Fisher, Sun Dec 11 14:03
      I love the research question you all created. I have always had an intrinsic motivation to read so when I have had students who literally despise reading it has been difficult to motivate them to... more
      • Re: Reading Buddies - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 23:43
        I was the opposite as a child- struggled as a reader and therefore not motivated to read at all. I find I understand students who struggle with reading and try my best to motivate them by sharing the ... more
        • Re: Reading Buddies - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 14:33
          I too struggled with reading as a child as well and definitely didn't enjoy reading. In my own classroom teaching experiences I have tried to share that with students, letting them know that we all... more
        • Re: Reading Buddies - Whitney Fisher, Mon Dec 12 00:02
          I think it is awesome that we all come from different backgrounds and experiences. We are able to use each other to find the best ways to reach students. Thanks for teaching me a lot through your... more
    • Reading Inventories - burchamal, Thu Dec 8 15:50
      I liked the use of the Garfield surveys to find out exactly what students want to read. But, I have found that when I give students the option of choosing the book for their book club or group, they... more
      • Re: Reading Inventories - Nakita Carson, Thu Dec 8 19:11
        Me too! As we did our research it became more and more apparent that we needed to look at the kids home lives. To me the parents play such a major part in student motivation that I wonder how the... more
        • I agree - burchamal, Sat Dec 10 07:31
          Coming from a Title I school to the complete opposite of that, I have found a distinct difference between my lower students at the Title I school and my current school. And I think a lot of that has... more
          • Re: I agree - crousejs, Wed Dec 14 01:11
            I agree that there is a significant difference in children’s reading abilities when they enter first grade. I also find that most of my students- not all but most- come from homes that have... more
    • Motivating Students - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:42
      Great presentation! Looks like your group and my group did a similar topic. It was interesting to see your results and compare to ours. What did you think about the Garfield Survey? We had some great ... more
      • Re: Motivating Students - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 23:51
        Reading interest survey seem to have been valuable to both of your studies. I think it would be a great idea to send one home for my students and their parents to complete together. It would not only ... more
        • Re: Motivating Students - crousejs, Wed Dec 14 01:16
          One year we tried a similar program at my school. Each classroom was paired up to another classroom and upper grade students would help lower grade students in reading, writing, or math skills. I... more
    • Motivation - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 17:53
      Ladies great job on your presentation. It is hard to get some students motivated to read. I think your research shows great results in the increase in students reading interest. If you had to do this ... more
      • Re: Motivation - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 18:44
        If I could change anything I think I would have dug deeper into reading at home. I just believe that home plays a bigger part in reading motivation than anyone acknowledges.
        • Reply to Motivation - Whitney Fisher, Sun Dec 11 14:05
          I agree about reading at home. How do you think you could encourage positive reading environments at home?
    • Reading Interest - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 17:22
      I liked that you looked for students to find their own (intrinsic) motivation. How did the students know which books were on their level? I wonder if the parents use digital media as a source of... more
      • Re: Reading Interest - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 18:42
        Before we began this project the Media Center assistant and I both talked with the students about using the 5 word rule for picking a book. Turn to any page and begin reading. If you count five words ... more
      • response to Rachel - Lori Vestal, Mon Dec 5 19:09
        That is an interesting point about digital media. I am not sure I like gadgets such as Kindle because I really like just reading a good book, flipping through actual pages, etc. but I know some... more
    • interesting ideas - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 20:59
      I love that you involved the students in the research. That has got to increase their sense of self-efficacy as learners and readers. And it takes advantage of the research that suggests inquiry is a ... more
      • Re: interesting ideas - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:12
        Thank you! It was very interesting! And I believe there was a connection between what we did as part of the study and their performance on Accelerated Reader.
    • Response to Reading Motivation - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 11:57
      Great job on your presentation! I thought the strategies used were great. In my classroom, we have a day where we partner read. However, I think that maybe doing this with another classroom where my... more
      • reply to beasley - Lori Vestal, Mon Dec 5 19:13
        While I have never had the opportunity to use reading buddies in my personal classroom, I know other classrooms do this often in my school, for example 5th graders read to kinders, etc and both... more
      • reading to younger students - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 17:27
        If it is possible I think it would be a great idea for your students to read to your students. By letting your students read easier books to Kindergarten and 1st grade students, you will not only be... more
        • Re: reading to younger students - Nakita Carson, Thu Dec 8 19:35
          Rachel that is exactly why I didn't want to necessarily have the students pair with a younger class initially. I wanted to get a more authentic feel for what motivated them without including younger... more
        • Buddy Reading - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:45
          I agree with you Rachel, I have my 5th graders read with the kinders and they love it. Some students have different tasks I assign them, like for my AIG students, I have them work more on their... more
      • Re: Response to Reading Motivation - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:17
        I agree! I think that I am going to try pairing with another class next semester. They really seemed to enjoy the interaction!
      • Response to reading motivation - sarah Patten, Sun Dec 4 15:17
        I think any time you give the students opportunities to read to others is beneficial. I do not think it matters on the age as long as the audience are attentive and willing listeners.
    • reading motivation - Tonya Isenhour, Fri Dec 2 19:35
      I like the idea of the parent survey. I did my research on boys interest level in reading. The parent survey would have been another source. In the students "book talk" or "group discussion" was that ... more
      • Re: reading motivation - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:24
        I guided them in their discussion, then I mostly observed and got them back on track when they seemed to get off task.
        • Off task behavior - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:48
          How often did you find them off task? Was it bad behavior, off topic talking, or just not focused? I know with some students I have this happens a lot- and it is not that they are being rude or... more
      • reading motivation - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 18:22
        We were led to do the parent survey from observations from the children and what they said about their parents. Nakita and I thought it would be interesting to go to the parent source and see if the... more
    • Reading motivation - MaryBeth, Fri Dec 2 11:55
      Enjoyable presentation! I enjoyed the pictures and the graphics you incorporated. One of my favorite parts has to do with your findings on buddy reading. As a former 2nd grade teacher, I always felt... more
      • Parent survey - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 17:32
        Have you thought about having a debriefing session with the students that you studied and their parents, maybe you can talk about the surveys and your results. I think that will allow the students to ... more
      • Response to MaryBeth - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:13
        Buddying up for reading did go over well with the students. Like you said-Everything is always better when it is shared! As for the parents responses-if they do read for enjoyment, they are certainly ... more
        • Re: Response to MaryBeth - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 15:59
          I found it hard to believe the parents when they said they read for pleasure because if they did I believe the kids would know. They are around them all the time. Modeling is the most important thing ... more
        • parents reading - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 5 10:20
          Modeling is the best! I try to make a point to read for pleasure in front of y own children, but it is hard to make time for that in our busy world. I think it's important for them to see that... more
    • Motivating children to read - Marlee Wright, Thu Dec 1 20:41
      I enjoyed your presentation! I agree with your point that reading IS a social activity, and it stands to reason that they particularly enjoyed Reading Buddies. Are the Reading Buddies from their own... more
      • Sharing Writing - burchamal, Thu Dec 8 16:07
        I know my fourth graders enjoy sharing the fiction stories that they write with friends. As we have worked on Nonfiction text, they enjoy sharing what they have learned. I have also found that when... more
      • Re: Motivating children to read - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:06
        I have yet to try the students sharing their own writing. I know they love sharing everything else! They really enjoy sharing their work with a partner. I was a bit apprehensive about having them... more
        • Sharing writing - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:50
          If their writing isn't up to sharing quite yet- you can always have them do a comic strip and they will draw a picture and write under the picture explaining what is happening. This helps with a lot... more
      • response to Marlee - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:18
        Again-anything is better when it is shared! As for writing-I usually have an "Author's Chair" which they can read from a book or read their own writing. They love it! They decorate it, too! I usually ... more
        • student ownership - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 21:02
          It's really interesting the success so many of you report when you give students some control over their own learning. I went to grad school with a guy who taught 3rd grade in Durham. Every second... more
          • RE: - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 17:34
            Students love any classroom where they are able to still be kids. Teachers who allow students the opportunity to explore and relax will have students that are always eager to learn more.
          • Re: student ownership - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:31
            It never ceases to amaze me how giving the students even just the smallest bit of control,leads to so much success!
    • Reading to one another - atkinssh, Thu Dec 1 20:16
      • Re: Reading to on Another - burchamal, Thu Dec 8 15:52
        I know my students love to read to one another as well, but do you ever have some students who like to sit with a friend but end up not reading? I hate for them to not be able to read to each other.... more
        • Reply to Reading to one another - atkinssh, Fri Dec 9 08:03
          For my students that tend to want to talk rather than read to each other, I will tell them to listen carefully as their partner reads because they will have to report back to me. I usually tell them... more
      • response to atkinesh - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:28
        We did make sure the books were on the student's independent reading level before we started. We used their QRI scores for that which Nakita collected at the beginning of the year. We did have the... more
        • Re: response to atkinesh - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:47
          The students also shared their thoughts on the books they read with their buddies in their book share groups.
    • Re: Nakita Carson/ Sarah Patten - Ashley Montgomery, Thu Dec 1 15:02
      I thought you had a very interesting study. It is really hard to motivate students to read even in kindergarten. I think it was a great idea to give them the Garfield test about their feeling toward... more
    • Reading Motivation - beasleylm, Thu Dec 1 09:51
      I really enjoyed your presentation on reading motivation. It is so hard for some students to get motivated to read, especially for academics. I really like the graph and how you broke it into reading ... more
      • response to beasleyIm - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:31
        Surprisingly, that child was a lower reader. She did seem to enjoy the buddying and books on animals. I could not tell if that helped her motivation or not. However-we know how important modeling is!
    • Nakita and Sarah - sarah hutson, Thu Dec 1 00:33
      I love that you let the students be a part of your reseach! They are more apt to give their best if they feel that what they are doing is important. Attitude and achievement are definately linked! I... more
    • response to Nakita/ Sarah - Lori Vestal, Wed Nov 30 22:41
      I thought the parent survey was a really good idea. I also found it interesting that only one of the students said they saw their parents read for fun? I wonder how did that match up with the... more
      • Parent survey - Marlee Wright, Thu Dec 1 20:45
        I thought that the disparity between what the parents said in regards to their own reading habits and what the children said was interesting too! Maybe you're right about when they read - after the... more
        • Home Literacy Inventory - burchamal, Thu Dec 8 16:09
          It is amazing the correlation between a student's interest in reading and the types of literature found in the home. I use a home literacy inventory at the beginning of the year and it is in those... more
        • response to Marlee - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:36
          Good point! Many times children (and unfortunately adults) do not see or are not aware of what is going on around them. Parents could be reading in front of their children and the child may be too... more
          • on multiple measures - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 21:08
            Disparities in data collection results like these are exactly why you want multiple measures. I'd want to explore these different responses. I know, for example, that my middle son, who just entered... more
            • Re: on multiple measures - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 20:31
              I'm not banking on it, but with this group of parents it wouldn't surprise me either if this were true.
            • koppenhaver response - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 22:07
              Very true-it is interesting the perceptions we give when we do not realize it! I think we should have asked when and where do you read for enjoyment AND...does your child witness that?
    • Nakita/Sarah - Ashley Joyce, Wed Nov 30 20:36
      I like your ideas of making the reading center cozy for the children, along with the book club. This makes reading more "fun" for them! Working on their interest is a smart way to academically... more
      • Cozy reading area - Marlee Wright, Thu Dec 1 20:48
        I have big bright pillows that the kids take, along with a reading basket, to whatever reading area they select, and they love the big pillows. I wonder if it would be motivating to get out some of... more
        • Re: Cozy reading area - Ashley Joyce, Fri Dec 9 11:30
          In my kindergarten class, I have stuffed animals that the kids can read to. They really enjoy that. I also use a stuffed animal to practice building words with the kids.
        • Re: Cozy reading area - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:20
          I have stuffed animals spread all around my room. In the past my students have grabbed them and read to them or with them. This class doesn't seem very interested in using them. I say give it a shot.
          • comfort and reading - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 22:41
            One of the best things about this project was the focus on intrinsic motivation. It avoids the unspoken challenges of extrinsic motivators (e.g., M & M's don't work if kids don't like chocolate,... more
            • Re: comfort and reading - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:11
              I have a rocking chair in my room. What surprised me is that NONE of the groups chose to use it. I was a little worried when some higher leveled readers and lower leveled readers paired up because I... more
        • response to Marlee - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:39
          Great idea! That would be like reading to a buddy! AND...there are some organizations which bring real trained pets in for the students to read to them. We have had a golden retriever which has... more
          • dogs - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:52
            I have had this done before in my room with my own dog. He took a class on reading with children and it was quite funny with what he had to do in training. The results in my classroom when they read... more
            • reading to dogs - Ruth Ann Timmons, Mon Dec 12 00:00
              What an awesome motivator! My 2 huge weimaraners, Wrigley and Cooper would never be calm enough to come to my classroom with 23 kindergarten students but I do hope one day my son is able to curl up... more
              • re: reading to dogs - landersgl, Wed Dec 14 20:43
                I really like the idea of having your students reading to dogs - as long as it's the right dog and not a distraction. I have seen students read to rabbits in the class and the kids love it, and it is ... more
        • stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Fri Dec 2 11:49
          Marlee- I used to put stuffed animals in my reading nook in the classroom in second grade. At first, students seemed to fight over them (apparently there were some animals that were much more... more
          • Re: stuffed animals - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:15
            In the past my students have grabbed my stuffed animals to read with, but surprisingly this group is really not interested in them unless they make noise! And they would rather push the buttons on... more
            • Re: stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 09:28
              It's funny how each group of students respond differently to things in the classroom! As I said, I used them for awhile, but ended up throwing lots of stuffed animals away just because they were so... more
              • Re: stuffed animals - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 13 19:37
                Today I actually bought in an Elf on the Shelf and they took to him slowly, but completely! By the end of the day today they were telling me to tell the elf they named Freddie, goodbye! Too funny!
              • Re: stuffed animals - whtiney fisher, Mon Dec 12 14:05
                So, would the students pretend to read to the stuffed animals or was it a part of being comfortable while reading? I have never worked in the younger grades so this is all new to me!
                • Re: stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 15:05
                  I guess either one would work? I think it was more of a comfort thing for my students who were mostly in 1st and 2nd grade, but I guess they could try to read to the animal as well. Whatever works to ... more
    • re: motivating students to read - Ginger Landers, Wed Nov 30 19:33
      I enjoyed your presentation! I liked the charts and the surveys/assessments that clearly portrayed the growth your students have made. I think reading buddies are great; it's nice that you... more
      • response to Ginger and Jennifer - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:44
        Good point! We did not ask the students if they saw their parents read shopping lists, driving signs or the computer. Those would have been great questions to ask both the students and the parents. I ... more
        • Re: response to Ginger and Jennifer - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:28
          Also, we did ask the students if their parents read to them at home and only one child said that they remembered being read to as a smaller child.
          • re: response to nikita - Ginger Landers, Tue Dec 6 19:53
            That's sad and I'm sorry to hear that!
            • re: response to nikita - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:34
              Very sad! I end the day reading aloud to them and they enjoy it so much! I wish parents realized just how much their children would benefit from them reading to them.
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