My dilemma: Motivate kids to read AND hold them accountable for their reading. Personally, I loathe, abhor, and detest reading logs. If you use them, I am happy for you. For 20 years, I have been unable to find or create one that I like and that WORKS.
This past summer, I stumbled upon Reading Rewards. It is basically an online reading log, but it WORKS. My students beg can I log on my reading time. They can do it the morning before announcements, during their station time, or at home.
Here is a look at one of my group pages. The "bulldog" is my account. I only logged in time at the beginning to show them how to use the site.
The "little duck" student just logged in today. I need to ask him about his time, but he has read 23 books this year. One option teachers have is to require students to have their time validated. You can enter a parent's email or have it sent to you. I have a couple of students that I validate (like #3). By the way, students get to choose their own avatar. Some of them are animated. Some of them change daily.
This is my profile page.
Once they have logged in some time, they can play the games. Creature Race is my homeroom's favorite! It has caused a LOT of competition. I frequently hear, "Look Mrs. B. I'm head of so-and-so."
There is a a blog and community component to Reading Rewards. I don't allow my students to send messages to each other. They tried, but much to their dismay their messages were sent to me.
Reading Rewards - I tried it. It worked. I like it. I will use it again next year. However, I think I will tie it into their grade. Have any of you used Reading Rewards? Any suggestions for grades?
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