I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
Today I am also combining my two worlds of writing
by celebrating my week with Ruth Ayres.
"You mean I have to read this whole book? In four weeks?"
These are just a few of the moans and groans I heard when I told my students we would be starting book clubs this week. Getting my students to read this year has been a challenge, and I can honestly say that I was not looking forward to beginning this newest endeavor in my classroom.
But then I remembered the comments my students told me last year AFTER we wrapped up book clubs, and I was committed to making this work.
"This book is awesome and I am only on page 27!" says the student reading Masterminds by Gordon Korman.
"I was on chapter four and it just sucked me in!" says the student reading Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
"I can't believe how much they are reading this week. "D" who never reads during AP (our enrichment/intervention time) didn't take his eyes off his book today!" says the math teacher.
"Can I read past our assigned chapter?" asks the student reading A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen.
Music to this reading teacher's ears. Oh yes, book clubs work, and I am so glad that I didn't give up.
I know in a couple of weeks and after our final discussion days, my students will be celebrating too. Celebrating the collaboration, the talk, the accomplishment and the fun of being in a book club!