Pelion Middle Learning Commons
How to Establish a Reading Community in Your Classroom
1. Make reading come alive on social media!
As adults, we use social media to keep us apprised of what is upcoming. Why not extend this same opportunity to students? Create a classroom Twitter or use another social media tool to connect to other readers worldwide. #IMWAYR (It's Monday, What Are You Reading?) is a great way to do just that. A classroom Goodreads account is also a good way to show off what everyone in the class is reading.
2. Create at least one classroom book club per year that is not based on reading or Lexile levels. Levels do not mean much if a student does not have the opportunity to develop his or her reading identity. Students need to know that their voice matters and there is no better way to show them this than allowing students to group themselves based on their interests.
3. Include multiple copies of high-interest titles in your classroom library. Students are drawn to other students who are reading the same book as they are. Novels such as Bone, Amulet, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid fly off the shelves for all grade levels. Also, consider these titles for older middle-school students.
4. Know your readers as well as you know your books. Ask students about their personal reading preferences and take the time to really listen. This will not only help build your library but will strengthen your classroom reading culture.
Coming Up--January is Book Fair Month (Jan. 21-25, 2019)
What's New in the Learning Commons?
More Graphic Novels
First Quarter At a Glance
Total Classes Receiving Instruction/Collaboration: 60 More collaboration means clarification of goals and more teaching time.
Class Checkouts: 73 More classroom visits help contribute to our school's reading culture.
Number of Single Visitors: 858 More students visited the library in the month of October to participate in the Global Read Aloud, book clubs, and prepare for the annual Robotics Championship. The library is more than just a place to check out books.