How powerful are the conversations you have one-on-one with your students? You know the ones…in the hallway as you’re waiting for your resource teacher to begin class, in the lunch line, or as you’re waiting for buses to be called in the afternoon? Those moments in time are what our students remember, and they are VERY motivating.
With my students, those conversations often revolve around what the kids are reading. One would think that the kids benefit most as we discuss, but I think I gain much more from them. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned through our book talks.
Lesson One: What Books are Popular Right Now
Lesson Two: Readers have Reading Preferences
Lesson Three: Keep Kids Accountable
Lesson Four: Build Reading Partnerships
Classroom Strategies Based on Book Conversations
Classroom Read Aloud:
Book Talk Tuesday:
Top Ten Lists:
As you can tell, conversations between teachers and students are critical in motivating students. I hope you got a few ideas on how we can use them to motivate independent reading. Maybe you have ideas that have worked well too. If so, I’d love to hear them.