Last week after a lesson on inferences I asked my students why they thought we were learning this skill. Their answers included, “So we can get 100%”, “To fill out the worksheet”, and many other answers that made me bite my tongue. I finally got the answer I wanted from a student I didn’t necessarily expect it from. She said so that we can be better readers.
This really got me thinking. I want my students to understand WHY we are working so hard on our reading strategies. Not to get the good grade, but to become better readers.
Today we discussed what a good reader looks like and what they do. After brainstorming, we used our journals to draw a picture of themselves and list good “reader” habits. It turned out really cute and my students got a lot out of it. Take a look at our pictures below.
Did I mention that I CANNOT draw?