Why I Broke Up with the Reading Log & What I Do Instead

Hey there everyone, how’s it going? Today I want to share with you this wonderful post from Drop Your Anchor about how to encourage students to read more. Do you know how a fun activity can turn into a chore as soon as it becomes mandatory? I know I do! I hate being told to do something I was gonna do anyway. But how do you work around this in the classroom when you’re expected to tell people what to do? Keep reading to find out!

Drop Your Anchor

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Reading logs. Similar to saying, “I’ll wait”, or assigning a back-to-school essay about how students spent their summer, reading logs are a classroom tradition that has been passed down for generations. Listen, I understand the purpose. Teachers with great intentions want to hold their students accountable for their reading.But is there a better way?

Where does the reading log go wrong?

It Makes Reading a Chore.

We teach children to set a purpose for their reading. So we shouldn’t be surprised when reading for enjoyment suddenly turns into reading for work as soon as it’s assigned. A child who would ordinarily pick up a book and read until lights out is suddenly stopping after 20 minutes because that’s all they were told they had to do. For reluctant readers, assigning reading only reinforces the idea that it is something adults force children to do.

It Pressures Students AND

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