Thursday, September 2, 2010

C'mon Bored Boy, Reading Should be Fun

He was looking at the ceiling.  He was looking at the girl beside him.  His head rolled around and then settled on his pencil.  He poked his paper.  The girl beside him asked him to stop, so then he bugged her.  He glanced at his book, turned the page, and then looked around the room.  He turned another page, and then looked around the room.  And this was just in the first five minutes of SSR (Sustained Silent Reading).

After watching this for the last 4 days, I couldn't take it any more.  I took him out in the book room so we could talk.

Me:  Are you getting your book?
Student:  Uhhhhh, not really.
Me:  Let me guess.  You never really get the book you are reading, so you hate to read because it is so boring.
Student:  Well, yeah.
Me:  And this has been going on ever since you learned to read?
Student:  Yes

Here's the message to all students in Reading Workshop

Reading should be fun.  Reading should be exciting.  Reading should be a story in your mind where you can't wait to see what happens next.  If it is not this way, here is what you should do:

1.  Get a different book
2.  Try an easier book
3.  Try a different author
4.  Try a different genre
5.  Ask a friend for a recommendation
6.  Ask me for a good book
7.  Pay attention to when you stop getting a picture
8.  Reread, a page, a chapter, or the whole book until you get a picture.

Reading should be fun.  Reading should be exciting.  If you hate it, then talk to me about what is going on with your reading.  You will be reading a lot this year.  Find a good book that makes you smile, excited, happy, sad, mad, scared . . .  There are a lot of great books.  Find one!

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Lisa B. said...

Mr. McGuire,guess what! Anymore is one word. I looked it up in the dictionary.

Mr. McGuire said...

Thanks for the help. I will try not to do that anymore! :)

Mr. McGuire said...

Although, upon further review, according to Master for Webs

Is the adverb anymore properly spelled as one word or two? The one-word styling is more common nowadays (or should we say, "the one-word styling is more common anymore"?), but the two-word form is still perfectly acceptable.

And, according to Merriam Webster

Although both anymore and any more are found in written use, in the 20th century anymore is the more common styling.

So I probably will not do that anymore, although "any more" is correct either way.

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read the blog post. By the way, what did you think of the content?

Lisa B. said...

I loved it! You are so right, Reading should be fun. It was so good I read it to my granny and my mommy.

trindi b.. said...

I still think reading isn't fun. But if you get the right book it can be.. oh and i miss you.. haha..