YAY for Saturday and YAY for another fun linky!
Today I am linking up with Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation Saturday!
This is a small strategy but it works wonders in my classroom.
To motivate kids to really read deeply and to really work hard for their Book Talk responses for conferences, (see post here for more information) I sometimes choose BOOK REVIEWERS for new books in our classroom library. If it is a book I haven’t read, or if it is a book they think I haven’t read, I tell them that I need them to be very thorough with their responses, so that I will know all about the book and can sound like I have read it when someone else chooses to conference about it! ;) I try to pretend that I really need their help and that I simply don’t have time to read it in time to be ready for the conferences. ;)
This is getting increasingly more difficult because they know I have read most of the books in our library, and I talk about books with them literally all day, so it is difficult to find a book that I can convince them that I haven’t read yet. They are to the point where they just smile and agree to be my BOOK REVEIWERS, knowing that I am probably bluffing. :) BUT they still do an awesome job just in case! :) Lots of fun and it WORKS!
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