Hi everyone! I need your help.
I am conflicted about my continued use of the weekly reading log. (Actually, I've been conflicted for a long time.) Our 4th graders are required to read 20 minutes a night. In the past, I have given students a weekly form to record the title of their book and the number of pages read. Then their parents sign the form and turn it in on Mondays, taking a new form for the upcoming week.
Problem...I KNOW that many of my students are not honest about the amount of reading they are doing at home and having their parents sign the form is reinforcing this lie. (By 4th grade, many parents send their kids into another room to read and have no idea what is actually being completed so they are taking their child's word for it.) Some kids are honest and turn in a blank form every Monday or simply don't turn one in at all. The 20 minutes of nightly reading is not getting done which is not helping my students become lifelong readers. I mean, wouldn't it be great if all of our students felt like this:
I need to find an alternative to the weekly reading log. Something that will engage my students so they WANT to read every night and also hold them accountable. We will be a 1:1 classroom next year, with every student having access to a Chromebook during the day and I was thinking something online might work.