If you like the original Book Hospital label, I did find that it was from Kindertastic. Just click here to get it.
Ok now on to Chapter Two . . .
3. How are you going to create that sense of community where students will hold each other accountable?
We celebrate everything and everyone in my classroom. We celebrate when someone learns to tie their shoes, when they loose a tooth, when they count to 100 . . . you name it. I think it’s important for every child to feel successful and for other children to be their classmates’ greatest cheerleaders.
Likewise, I think it’s important to establish rules and goals together. Give students a sense that this is ‘their’ classroom and ‘their’ goals. It takes every person working to meet those goals. If one person gets up, stops working or interrupts another person, it ruins it for everyone. They aren’t just disappointing me when they aren’t on task, they’re disappointing their team. But if EVERYONE works hard and stays on tasks, then everyone succeeds. We help eachother meet our goals.
I am already anticipating our celebration when we reach our ‘read to self goal.’ Check out the certificates each child in my class will receive as being a member of our reading team.
If you want a copy for yourself, just click on the picture. You’ll write the child’s name in the center and then your name and the date on the two lines towards the bottom.
4. How do you establish urgency?
In differentiated instrustruction, there is the need to respond to a students ‘interests’ in order to make learning meaningful. I believe that the same strategy must be utlized to create a sense of urgency, to explain ‘why’ and to make ‘reading’ meaningful. Find that thing that ‘hooks’ your students as a group and individually and make reading and the need to read better and better meaningful. Susie loves horses? Well then remind Susie, she just HAS to get better at reading so she can learn more and more about horses. Joey likes space. Well then show him all the great books he’s going to be able to read and all the interesting things he can learn about space just as soon as he can read. Brain research tells us that learning has to be meaningful if it’s going to ‘stick.’ Make it meaningful!
5. Stamina! How are you going to build stamina with reading? independent work? Will you use a timer? Will you set goals?
You bet I’m going to use a timer. In the beginning we’ll practice a couple of times a day because, let’s face it, they probably won’t get past several seconds before someone gets up, makes a noise or bothers someone else. But I do think eventually they will see the time on our ‘Reading Stop Watch’ increase and they will be motiviated to work together, to police eachother and montior their own time to reach their goal. Below you can see the visual I’m gonna use to track our progress. As the time increases, the numbers on the stopwatch will change. If you’d like a copy, go ahead and click on the picture.