The book projects were completed and displayed in our classroom, but they were too good to be ignored!
To help students with their academic language, comfort level with speaking in front of the class, and positive peer pressure to the a READ 180 books, another idea was born. Sharing the book projects for the first five minutes of class turned out to be a fun way to begin the period. All the projects were displayed on the students' desks. Students and the teacher chose a project and shared their responses with each other for three minutes. Next, we took two minutes to have student volunteers do a whole-group share out.
When the timer rang, we stacked the book projects, and jumped into the READ 180 Universal "Do Now" question and sentence stems.
Each day a set of sentence stems were displayed on the Promethean Board. There were three questions on the screen and students chose two to complete.
3. I rate this book a _________ after reading about it on the four panels.
3. I (was/wasn't) convinced to read this book because...
3. The creator of this project is...
3. In my opinion, the best book project in our classroom is ______________ because...
3. Create your own statement.
The following statements were created and shared by two of my READ 180 students. When students are given the chance to shine they usually rise to the occasion!
Title: Antony and Cleopatra
Illustrated by Mike Lilly
The following description of the book project cover was written by my phenomenal student.
1. The crown symbolizes Cleopatra. The Queen of Egypt.
4. The snake (asp) symbolizes Cleopatra's death.
Title: College 101
Author: Don Rauf
My students commented it was fun to be able to see all the different projects and that the time and effort they put in to them was appreciated!
If you haven't had the students share what they're reading, give it a try in the next few days. I'm telling you, the positive book peer pressure is a sight to see!
Have the students complete this activity at school or at home when they want to see how long a book should take them to finish.
1. Find a page in a book.
6. It will take ___________ days to read this book.
Let students know if they read 20 minutes each night, it will take half the number of days to finish the book!
Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.