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Re: [teacherartexchange] How to get kids to read during class


Date: Thu Aug 28 2008 - 16:48:41 PDT

Sometimes I have students work in groups reading a chapter. I set a time limit,
and together they must find answers to questions that I pass out in advance.
When we discuss the answers to the questions, I have a collection of popsicles
sticks with each student's name on it for each class. I pull out a popsicle
stick with a student's name on it to respond answer the question. It is random
so no one knows what they will be called upon to answer, so it is a little
intimidating. If the student does not give a satisfactory answer, I pull out
another popsicle stick and call on someone else. At this point it is often
helpful to have the student that did not know the answer to paraphrase the
correct response. Generally, working in groups helps to make the tasks less

At the end of a unit, I have a template for Jeopardy that I got online. We play
by picking teams or guys against girls. They like this alot. The prize is a box
of Ticonderoga #2 pencils - why they like these is a small mystery to me, but
it works - and it is not forbidden candy.

BTW, the popsicle sticks help you take roll since the leftover ones are the


> I am in need of some advise on how to get students to read during class.
> This is my second year for having a textbook in my beginning art and ceramic
> class. I have a classroom set so the students can't take them home so any
> reading that needs to be done is done in class. How is the best way to
> handle this. If I tell the students to read most of them don't. I hesitate
> at having the students read out loud because I hated doing that when I was in
> school but I would be willing to try that if I know of a way that wasn't so
> stressful for the kids that didn't read as well as the others. Any
> suggestions on how to handle this would really be appreciated.
> Blessings,
> Joe Cox
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