I have a very small classroom and it ended up that I could not have some kids go to Read to Someone unless EVERYONE went to Read to Someone.
It was just plain old too loud. Now mind you, this is after discussing volume levels, practicing volume levels and arranging the kids away from each other but to me it was just so distracting!
Am I the only one who struggled with this?
Of course the kids LOVE reading to a friend and they would always JUMP on the chance to read with someone.
So, the way I fixed the problem in my classroom was, every other day I would use our curriculum books and have the kids read those with a friend. After they finished reading that, they could choose a book from their book box and read with that same friend.
I found that the kids really enjoyed this time and if they were ALL reading to a friend at once, it didn’t seem so bad! I know that might sound weird since there are MORE voices reading… However, I wasn’t trying to conference or hold a guided reading group at that time. During this time I would bee bop around the classroom and listen in on my students reading to one another. I loved hearing them use comprehension strategies with their friends. It really ended up being a great time… I just couldn’t include it in my “daily” choices.
Another hiccup I had last year pertained to this chapter. I did not have a listening center in my classroom last year and only have 2 computers. Therefore “Listen to Reading” could not be enjoyed by a large number of students. I am trying to acquire some iPod Nanos to use for this year but it is a slow process. (I would then have to purchase a bunch of books on CD) — My plan is to use my bonus points from Scholastic to buy some audio books.
On the computer, some of my students favorite “listen to reading” web pages were: