Met Ewan McIntosh in Bloomfield, Michigan for an all-day session on the "Design Thinking" process.
This is where it all started...
---Quarterly Book Project
How will students just keep reading on their own?
---How to read nonfiction / be exposed to nonfiction
WHAT IS MY GOAL?
Have students reading independently, across genres.
- This has been my goal, but the way we"assessed" independent reading is bugging me. Students are "forced" to read a certain genre, and produce a certain project (or choice of projects) once every quarter. This is to reading in real life. Yes, I want students to love fiction, and to love biographies (3rd quarter!), but that's not how adults read at all. I want them to be life-long readers, and thus life-long learners, but book projects are not the way to go. I need something that has students reading "20 min a day" like I ask of them...!
---issue now, is that some students just create projects that get a grade of an A even if they didn't read the book
---another issue is that some kids just don't like reading (fiction, mostly)
Troublesome thoughts about this project
---will students just do the same thing each year if this is done in multiple grades? I will not worry about that right now, as it's something I can't control anyway. The kids that do this will do it regardless
---grading... But I think I've got that figured out... Maybe!
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
Get everybody reading independently?
Time, Space, and Assessment are the biggest barriers.
Conference Time... What are you currently learning? What have you learned already? What do you still need to learn? How can I help you get there? What are your next steps?