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"Do you read?" My second-period class asked me as I asked them to take out their books. "Read?", I enthusiastically replied. "Why, I read every day! I read street signs, manuals, cookbook recipes, magazines, catalogs, bank statements, bills, school materials, lesson plans, etc."
Being the sappy teacher that I am, I like to try and make my last READ 180 class memorable for my students. I want them to reflect on how far they've come. I want them to remember the obstacles they've surmounted. I want them to use their accomplishments in READ 180 to inspire their futures.
As the year winds down and state testing diminishes in the rearview mirror, it can become increasingly difficult to keep our students motivated. Of course, a lot of keeping their brains tuned in depends on us... keeping our lessons exciting and our expectations and enthusiasm in high gear... but there are a few little "contest" gimmicks that might help.
You can't change the world or the personal lives of your students, but maybe you can make them "aware" of language and how language development and acquisition can have a major impact on their lives.
The success story of my student, Karla!