Reading Engagement

Durant Road Elementary

What is Reading Engagement and why is it important?

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Are your students ENGAGED in Reading?

Readers read a lot: Teachers track volume and progress up levels

A good way to tell is through conferencing combined with reading logs. How long does it take your students to finish a book? How many books are they reading? How many PAGES or WORDS are they reading?

Example 1: If a student is reading Hatchet (Level R approx 50,000 words) and reads at 150 WPM, it should take about 6 hours to finish reading. Thus, if that student is taking 2 weeks to read Hatchet- they're not being fully engaged in their reading.

Example 2: If a student is reading Henry and Mudge (Level J approx 800-1,000 words) and reads 100 WPM, it should take them about 10 minutes. Thus, they should be able to read it 2-3 times in a rotation or read 3 full books at similar levels/word count.

Students should always have enough books in their book bin at GOOD FIT (readers have books they can read with 96% accuracy, fluency, AND inferential comprehension) to keep them engaged.

TONIGHT! - Upcoming Webinar - TONIGHT!

The Engagement Gap

Making Every School and Every Classroom an All-Engaging Environment

The live stream will be available in this space on Wednesday, May 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. eastern time.

Although much has been written about the achievement gap, less has been said about redirecting our focus on student engagement in learning. And focusing on engagement may be the closest thing we have to ensuring effective learning is taking place. Centering on the process of effective pedagogy may be far more beneficial than narrowing our attention only to the outcomes. In this spring's Whole Child Symposium, we focus on the engagement gap:

  • Why is engagement important?
  • What do we mean by engagement, and what does it look like?
  • How do you make your school and your classroom an all-engaging environment?

Create a Genius Hour

1) Must be a driving Question (relate to grade level standards) ...Critical Thinking!

2) Must Involve Research... Reading!

3) Must be Shared....Creating!

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What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
10 Books in 8 Minutes