Reading Accountability Series
Do you use reading logs to hold students accountable for their reading outside of class? Is it producing the outcome you were hoping for when you assigned the reading? Yes, it’s important to hold students accountable for the work we assign, but without a purpose beyond recording page numbers or the number of minutes a student reads, is it really helping students? In today’s episode share how I moved from the traditional reading log to reading reflections.
Reading logs – the recording of page numbers is a quantitative measure of how much reading has been done by the student; it tracks the number of pages that have been read over a specific amount of time. This approach does not require any reflection or response from the student. It also opens the door for some students and parents to lie for a grade neglecting the intent of the reading assignment.
Reading Reflections, on the other hand, is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their thinking about what they are reading. A reading reflection invites students to include their own thinking and experiences with what they are reading. Reflections can be as simple as a free write or they can be structured by asking students questions. Questions can be asked at a higher level in order to get the students to think more deeply about the material. You can ask them to record the pages they have read but that is not the focus of the reflection.
Three components I include in my student reflection sheets are:
- Reflect and Connect – Blank space for students to free write about what they’ve been reading.
- Reading Quote – Help change your students’ mindset about reading by asking them to reflect on quotes about reading.
- Literary Question – Students focus on one literary question which they answer based on their choice reading book.
In this episode on reading reflections, I share how reflections:
- Encourages higher level thinking and promotes critical thinking
- Help students make connections between their reading, personal experiences, and other subjects.
- Provide meaningful feedback for teachers on what students are taking away from the reading.
- Invites the student to include their own thinking and experiences with what they are reading.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- Weekly Reading Reflections Set 1
- Weekly Reading Reflections Set 2
- Weekly Reading Reflections BUNDLE
- FREE Two Week Sample of Reading Reflections
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