Over at The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller suggests using self-selected reading in class. While I like this idea, it makes me anxious. It's very... open-ended. I don't think I can just say, "Okay, at the start of every class, you're going to read until we begin the lesson."
- Do I assess this?
- If so, how?
- If not, how do I ensure that they do read?
- Heck, even if so, how do I keep them on task day-to-day?
- Should students provide a book of their own or choose from classroom books?
- If they are allowed to bring their own, what do I do about naughty language?
- If I am to provide them, where do I get the money?
- What happens when they forget and/or lose their books?
The first comment to the entry raises some of these concerns in a slightly-different way:
when given independent reading time they will do everything they possibly can NOT to read, i.e., go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, fool around with their friends,and even "pretend" read, even when allowed to choose their own independent reading material.
Is there some way that I CAN incorporate personal reading? I mean, I would love to... I'm just not sure how to make it work.