Clearly, I have my own reasons for bringing this up. After working a lot the past few days on my plans for the upcoming school year (3 more weeks GACK), I realized that my blog, as it stands, is not going to be much use for my students, especially those who are reluctant and/or struggling readers (which is to say, 90% of them). Yet I still want to have a blog they can read, comment on, and even guest post on. Thus is born Mrs. Gassaway Reads Too Much. I cross-posted (with some revisions for clarity and, um, not-swearing) some reviews, but will wait until school starts to really start publishing there.
I've also developed this wacked-out assignment to encourage kids to explore the community that reading can build. From their classrooms, to the school, to their town, to the internet, there are people who can help them connect to books in all sorts of ways. Basically, I'm saying they need to get X amount of points per grading period, and they can get points by doing various choices from dozens of different types of activities. (Maybe not "dozens." I'm not a math teacher.) Commenting on a reading blog gets you one point, doing a book talk for the class gets you five, going to an author events gets you ten, guest posting on my blog gets you fifteen, starting and maintaining your own book blog gets you infinity points, etc.
Part of me is all "Whoo-hoo; this is going to be so much fun! I've come up with so many choices that everyone will find things they like to do!" and part of me is all "This only sounds fun to you because you already like to read, and anyway, isn't setting up extrinsic rewards just going to create the impression that all of this is WORK nobody would do if they weren't forced to?"
What do you think? I realize that anyone reading this is also already on board with the whole "reading is great" thing, but I'd really appreciate some thoughts about what teachers can do not just to get kids reading, but to get kids connected with other readers.
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