This is my 17th year in a middle school classroom! I love being "Stuck in the Middle!" I have found it takes a good balance of humor, curriculum, classroom management, flexibility and deep breathing exercises to enjoy the typical middle school classroom.
"The goal of this blog is to compile resources from journals and other blogs that target reluctant readers to provide a single resource to support parents. I hope this will be a place of suggestions, positive support and a format to share concerns with other parents. This type of resources would have saved me many hours of anguish and I hope it will be a place of strength and encouragement. However, I need to make it perfectly clear this blog is for reluctant young adult readers and not young adults that need reading coaches to support ESE or Special needs students. Student interest in reading drops off when students reach middle and high school. See Patrick Higgin’s post called 'Not the drop-off!' on his Chalkdust101 Blog for more on this. In working with reluctant readers, I like to keep in mind that there are many options and 'tomorrow is another day'." - About page.
"I tweeted a while back how frustrating it was many of a class of fourteen year olds seemed incapable of reading for fifteen minutes without distraction. I could understand it if I had handed out copies of The Origin of Species, but they choose the reading material. They can bring in their own books or borrow them from the school library (or my own selection), or they can bring magazines."
Interesting post from a science teacher discussing (with links) strategies to encourage reluctant teenage students to read and seeking suggestions for options that have worked.
"If a boy is told that reading a graphic novel isn't real reading--if reading is seen as work or punishment--who's going to start to think of something as enjoyment. If boys don't develop a love of reading, they're not going to get to any of those other books that people want them to read."
Article by Keeli Cambourne on school libraries being transformed to support literacy development in students. Features the changes school libraries are making to accommodate the needs and interest of 21st century learners, incoluding ebook collections, students creating book trailers, National Year of Reading initiatives and supporting struggling and reluctant readers. Also features the benefits of recent refurbishments to these school libraries.
Features three Sydney schools: Roseville College, PLC Sydney, Mount Annan Christian College Currins Hill.
Excellent initiatives and ideas that would encourage more boys to read.
"The teen book publishing industry continues to gain momentum, but only a tiny fraction of teen books actually appeal to boys. With such a small selection to choose from, we are in danger of losing the boys Percy Jackson and Greg Heffley have made into readers. Rather than lamenting the inequality of the current publishing trends, we need to rethink teen collection development at our libraries." - from the about us page of Boys Do Read blog.
Includes book reviews "with the intent on broadening the possibilities at what we can offer teen boys to read". (Steven)
ipl2: Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.
"Teen Read Week™ which runs October 14-20, is a national literacy initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at inspiring teens to read for fun--on paper, online, on an e-reader--and to use their library to find great reading materials."
Of all the conference speakers, Danny Brassell offered some of the most concrete strategies to engage boy readers with his “Ten Ways to Get Boys Reading.” Brassell, a former teacher and administrator and a professor in the Teacher Education...
Danny Brassel also wrote the post "Avoiding the Summer Slide" featured in an earlier scoop.
Who actually reads boy books? You are probably wondering. About 3.9/4 of the books that I read and review on my blog are girl YA books. Do I like these girl YA books? Heck yes I do. If I didn't like girl YA books I basically ...
"A group of authors has sounded a warning over the decline of non-fiction for children, calling on publishers and libraries to reverse the slide or risk depriving children – particularly boys – of vital reading material...
They point to the All Party Literacy Group's 2012 report, Boys' Reading Commission (pdf), in which Phil Jarrett, national adviser for Ofsted, says that boys "tend to read … non-fiction, autobiographies, newspapers and so on", and that boys in particular are "turned off" by a lack of texts that interest them."
"It’s common to hear that the reason boys don’t read is because they don’t want to read “girl books”, and that there is a tilt in publishing, writing, and marketing toward books for girls and by women. In fact, there is a book published by the American Library Association called Connecting Boys with Books (a second edition was published in 2009) which makes the argument that boys are drawn to “boys’ books” and specific genres, and that libraries need to make special efforts to meet those needs in order to close the literacy gap. Ana at Lady Business has written a very interesting (and very long) post called Gender Balance in YA Fiction. What’s great about this is that, while it isn’t comprehensive, it’s grounded in solid data, and provides a list of further reading at the end."
Description: What do you do when reading the book and completing the worksheet doesn't work? It's time to get creative! Integrating technology does not need to add more to your already busy day, but can replace something you’re currently doing with something better. Discover twenty-one (or more) technology-infused lessons for elementary and middle school students as well as activities that not only help students meet learning goals, but also enable them to express their creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Be sure to bring your own ideas as well for a rapid-fire tool-sharing activity.