Students need in-class time to read.

Every time I ask my students to reflect on our assigned reading, they tell me that they need time to read during class.

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But only 38% of my students have read 100% of their assigned, chosen novel, two weeks after the due date.

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Some of them are still working on finishing.

(Any students who have yet to finish have been given extended time to finish.  I don’t assess students on a book that they haven’t read.)

But some of them just faked it.

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I’m feeling a little defeated, but these anonymous, reflective surveys always help me refocus, and figure out how to support my students’ assigned reading.

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It’s been a really, really difficult year, and it’s only October.  
But I’ve also been blessed to teach some of the best kids I’ve ever known.

I’ve just got to keep climbing.


One thought on “Students need in-class time to read.

  1. These are really interesting numbers and responses. Assigning reading as homework seems to be more about teaching study habits than developing sophisticated readers. Maybe that’s a worthwhile goal, but it’s usually not the primary target. If we want to be sure students have read something, it needs to happen in class.

    Thanks for this thoughtful post.

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