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Independent Reading #sol16 Day 11

I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling well, I’m committed to going to book club tonight, and I really just want to go to bed. So, my creative juices are not flowing freely.  (I’m just trying to subconsciously lower the bar before you read too far…)

Today my students started independent reading.  My goals for them: READ A BOOK.  ENJOY A BOOK.  DON’T WHINE ABOUT READING A BOOK.

Pretty simple right?  For the most part, the kids have complied and several seem to be enjoying their time.  Of course, there are the few who look like I am torturing them for half an hour while they are “forced” to read, but we will all have to stick it out.

I started reading with them today, Stephen King’s On Writing.  I’m loving it so far, and reading for 90 minutes today was amazing!  I can’t wait to share what I’m reading and hear what they’re reading next week.

But the best part of the whole day, was in the form of three comments from three different students:

Student 1 (2nd period, after I told them to complete the quick Google Form at the end of class): “But I want to keep reading.”

Student 2 (7th period) with a sly grin: “You’re going to make me like reading again.”

Student 3 (7th period–not gonna lie, they’re my faves): “My mom can’t believe you got me to read a whole book [she’s already finished one and we weren’t even starting until today]! She’s buying me the second one in the series this weekend.”


*mic drop*

(P.S. I feel like I’ve had a couple posts this week tooting my own horn, and that is not really my aim, so I’m going to write about fun, non-accomplishments this weekend)


I’m trying to write for 31 days straight with the Slice of Life challenge from Two Writing Teachers.  Wish me luck!!

2 thoughts on “Independent Reading #sol16 Day 11

  1. Love how you introduce the slice with your own perspective on not wanting to go to book group – clearly, empathic for your students! Great quotes – you should feel proud!


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