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    Got me to think
    By LaVerne

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    This discussion has really got me to think about the practice I have always used with reading logs. For the past 20 years, in grades 4-5-6, I have required a monthly reading log, with varying amounts per level. I never was under the FALSE assumption that kids were being honest about it all, but had the feeling that I was doing 'something' about their reading habits. I like the idea of having the same book as a part of the required reading....I never thought of doing that while in my regular classroom.

    Now I will be teaching Title I reading, and I know how important reading at home is to the struggling reader. Though I hadn't thought about REQUIRING them to read, I did think I would use a reading log with my Title students. I am struggling with how to do it so that they will WANT to read for me. Pure bribery is all I can think of....tickets, points, trips to the prize box....and I am sure involving the parents will be a struggle as well. Any suggestions????

    Thanks for getting me thinking. I am tending to agree with maryteach's feelings about those who will read do, and the rest find a way to not read and sometimes lie about it. Is it worth the bother??? Was I just helping them find a way to lie???

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