Ok, so I have the class library up and running. A few teething problems with kids checking out books and giving me that blank stare when I enthusiastically tell them how great it will be when they read heaps this year. Despite early apprehensions, over first two weeks the majority of kids have settled into routine and are “in the zone” during reading time. (also read Nancie’s “The Reading Zone”). Still have some Dormant readers that I am working on. “I don’t read miss’ and’ I hate reading miss’ are the standard responses but really only 2 from each of year 9 and 10. I am working on a) building trust and b) finding the book that will get them hooked.
Kids are pretty compliant ( I am the HT after all) but not keen in the way I would like them to be. I am just going to be patient here. I did notice the ‘recommendation effect’ several times, especially from girls who stay very quiet and a bit cynical until I share with them a story about my reading of a book or refer to my daughters and their favourite books at that “that age” and how I actually borrowed the copy they are reading from the stash both my daughters have left up in the top of the shed!
Speaking of books in the shed. I was sure I had a collection of great books from 20 years ago stored somewhere but haven’t been able to find them. In a search of the shed I did find some theory books on reading and writing going back 25 years. I can’t wait to share them with Zoe, my beginning teacher daughter. Not to mention my entire collection of Ancient history texts ( Aeneid, Virgil, Herodotus etc etc etc)!