Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The One With the Letter

I believe it is very important for students to spend time reading each day. My goal is to give them at least twenty minutes in class to spend reading.

This doesn't always happen.  Some days we don't get twenty minutes.  Some days we get so lost in reading we end up reading for the entire class.  I figure it all even outs in the end.

When it is reading time, I'm pretty strict about how they use their time.  They can read, take AR test, or even discuss their book with a friend - as long as they are really discussing.

It is not time to play or work on other assignments.  

Today one of my students asked if he could write a letter to his dad instead of reading.  This particular student HATES writing.  

His dad is in jail.  Writing letters is the only way he has of communicating with his dad right now.

Sometimes there are things more important than reading.


  1. Good for you! I love that you find the time to allow them to read. I think this helps promote reading for pleasure without the pressure of an assignment or a test or a report.

    I feel for your student. There are just those days when you need to talk to that person. Good for you to help him in his time of need. What a blessing!

  2. Aw, this brought a tear to my eye. Maybe you just found the key to making that kiddo keep putting pen to paper!

  3. You're definitely one of his favorite people. =)