Saturdays are SUPER because we get MOTIVATED together!
I am a HUGE fan of Reading Counts! I think it's such a great incentive to get kids excited about reading and a quick check for teachers to see if their students are comprehending what they're reading. We have a new leader board at our school this year...notice the name on top??!! This is actually very stressful! LOL!
Our media specialist updates these boards every couple weeks and my class waits in anticipation to see if they are still on top of the list...above those 5th grade classes! Some weeks it's so close! Yikes!
This board has increased the level of competition at our school because it's displayed on the front windows of the media center at the entrance of our school for everyone to see!
(You could do the same idea for individual students in your classroom.)
I keep track of my students progress on this Reading Counts Bulletin Board-my favorite part...it's vertical and takes up little space! Different designs available. :)
Every student has made it to the 50 point club and I have six students who have made it past 300! The one at the top had 560 points and is working towards the dinner prize with me! :)
I offer my students incentives for different point clubs (they helped with the list).
I love this quote and couldn't agree more! Although I love rewarding my students for their hard work, I think the biggest reason they love reading so much is because of the literature I share with them. My heart smiles when my students ask me to pick out a book for them! I'm very fortunate and have an extensive library in my classroom, so I've never had a student say, "I don't have anything to read." or "I don't like any of these books."
I try to get them hooked on a series or an author and then they just take off!
My students who didn't like reading end up loving reading and my students who already loved reading, love it even MORE! The prizes are just an added bonus!
What do you or your school do to promote reading?
**I have another incentive for Reading Counts I am introducing to my class this week and I will share with you next week! :)
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