I recently began a reading book club with my students who are struggling readers. At first, they were quite hesitant because they did not want to share their thoughts on the books they are reading with the rest of the class. I always find it so interesting that typically “confident” kids never want to share things in class. It’s like they are too cool for sharing. Naturally, I use my persistent nature to get them involved in the conversation.
It has been two weeks since we started alternating between journal days and class discussion days. The students are in a groove now, and they look forward to the discussions for the most part. On days when they are not as motivated as I would like them to be, I try to start the conversation going by sharing about my own book that I am reading. I also read with them everyday in our club circle, which I have seen makes them stay focused on their own reading. After all, modeling is a key ingredient in the classroom.
Sharing in the experience of reading with my students has also changed my experience in the classroom. Since I have kids who are not driven to read, it can be difficult to find ways to keep them engaged. It seems as if the reading book club has given them something interactive to do with books where they don’t feel like the work is tedious and redundant because everyday we have something new to discuss. It has also changed the pace in my classroom now that students are getting up and coming together for a bonding moment.
In other news, we have 39 days left of school and Summer is right around the corner. I have started my TBR (to be read) list of books, and I am anticipating some amazing stories coming to a couch near me rather soon. Summer reading has always been my favorite thing to do when school is out.
Until next time,