Thursday, January 10, 2008

If Someone Had Bribed Me to Read...

Tomorrow, my teaching partner and I are having our celebration for those students who have made the required number (20) of Accelerated Reader Points for the past nine weeks. I agree that 20 is lame; however, for some of my students, it is a struggle to get AR points. Some others, though? Not a big deal. I have several students who have close to 100 points and my star? He's got 270 for this nine weeks - down from his 300 for the first nine weeks.

Now, my unmotivated students? Pure unmitigated disregard for the entire reading process. The assistant principal's daughter? One point. ONE. She won't be celebrating with us.

Let me just say that when I was in the fifth grade, I lived in the library. I remember reading everything, everywhere. I remember getting the World Book Encyclopedias for one of my birthdays. I would sit and read those. If there was going to be a party for people who read, I would have been there. I don't get the ones who won't even read for the party.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Sally said...

I hear you...I offered my kids a Pump It Up field trip (one of those warehouses full of bounce houses) for the kids who read 25 chapter books for the entire YEAR!! We're two quarters in and I have some who haven't read a single book...and I MAKE them READ in class...they sit there with a book open and stare...it's unbelievable to me...my mother had to pry my books out of my hands so they wouldn't get soaked when I took a bath...my kids are the same way....I just don't get it....

1/11/2008 1:27 AM  
Blogger cupcake said...

I still would live in the library if I could.

At least your students read. Mine? Don't. They'll read what I assign in class only because they complete it in class. If they had to venture out on their own, no reading would occur whatsoever.

Bless their hearts.

1/11/2008 6:31 AM  
Anonymous a happier girl said...

I loved the library as a kid too. My parents even let me volunteer there during the summer helping with the summer reading club. And I don't remember ever getting invited to a party to celebrate the fact that I liked to read. That's cool you're having one!

1/15/2008 7:43 AM  

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