* If you are going with genre groups, know that some students will have a difficult time looking at books in a genre they "don't like" (yet! * Figure out a way to have my timer app automated so the alarm goes off and then resets the time once again.
" "This book is out of my league." * If you are going with table groups, number them so students know where to go with each rotation. I thought it would be too short, but it seemed to be just right. Any more and students aren't as focused on the books. Maybe they can explore that one book in more detail.
These classes are designed for struggling readers and generally have fewer than ten students. I had the best results with the eighth grade class, who better understood all my dating jokes ("sometimes you have to kiss some frogs", "sometimes you have to throw that fish back in", "if at first you don't succeed", etc.).
For our high school, is an effective approach to pairing up students with “the perfect match” of a book!WHEN BOOKTALKS AREN’T THE ANSWER When students used to come to the media center with their English classes to select a book for an outside reading, I would usually give booktalks.Here’s how I’ve put together this activity: I always get great feedback from teachers and students with this activity…they love it!By the final round, about half of the students will typically have a book that they want to check out.moved the tables, Amy created the signs, Ashley cut off the lamination and helped hang them, and Todd S.
Additional note 10/8/13: I found another great wiki to help with Book Speed Dating here! And ALL of the students have spent some time with a book from a genre that’s outside of their typical reading comfort zone.I did this several weeks ago with my 8th graders, and this week the 6th graders are having their turn. I've wanted to try it out for awhile now, and I finally went for it last week.I wanted to use a smaller "test" group before trying this with a class of 35 eighth graders, so I tried it with our resource reading classes first.The students should have completed the Interests and Reading Survey prior to Speed Book Dating.