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From: Cheryl A. Schober (schober@platteville.k12.wi.us)
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 17:41:48 EST

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    Betsy,
    Thanks for your feedback. Yes, isn't it wonderful when you are done
    reading something as a class and the students are looking for more? I
    find this a lot when my students finish Night by Elie Weisel--they want to
    read more about the Holocaust. Sadly, though, so many students are so
    busy outside of school (as we all are), so I don't see as much
    recreational reading as I used to.

    A few years back I would have "reading workshop" each Friday. During this
    time the students would read anything of their choice (magazines, novels,
    newspapers, etc.). They had to come to class with the reading material,
    have a plan for what they would accomplish by the end of the hour, read,
    then evaluate what they got accomplished. Of course, 95% of the time was
    spent reading, and the students LOVED it. They had a choice of what they
    could read and they could sit back, relax and read for about 50 minutes.
    But due to administrative pressure to get more accomplished during the
    year (the importance of state testing caused this to happen), I had to
    abandon this practice. I really miss it . . .

    Cheryl

    scheidemantelb@basd.k12.pa.us writes:
    >Cheryl, I agree completely with you. If you can get a student hooked on
    >reading, the classics will come because they are just that, classics.
    >Sometimes we must also let a book do what it was intended to do, entertain
    >without dissecting and critiquing it. Once you get a student reading
    >suggest books that you enjoyed and maybe they will become classics to the
    >student.
    >Betsy Scheidemantel



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