Today I graded some of the 6th graders’ response logs and I was impressed on how well they responded. I have never had that happen before. Why? Because in the past, I never modeled to my students on how to correctly write a response. In order for teachers to get a great response, they have to MODEL! I will attest to that!!!
More on Response Logs September 12, 2007
Today I had my students read a story in their reading books “Teammates” about Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. While they were reading, they were to come up with 5 sticky notes (post it notes) that demonstrate strategic thinking. Yesterday they learned how to write a correctly written sticky. Everything was going fine today until I spotted a student looking around and thinking real hard. You could tell he was thinking really hard because his eyebrows were wrinkled and he had a look of concentration. It wasn’t until 10 minutes later that I realized what he was doing. He was trying to come up with previous knowledge about Jackie Robinson without reading the story. I had to go to his desk to redirect him to read the story and while reading come up with a sticky note. What did he do? You guessed it…he continued to do what he had been doing before. He didn’t want to read. Well, I guess that will be a battle for another day.
Reading Response Logs September 9, 2007
This week I will be introducing Reading Response Logs to my sixth grade students. I got the idea and format from Chris Tovani’s book Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? I have had my sixth graders do these since 2005. With Reading Response Logs, I have seen great improvement with their writing along with their written expression. Reading Response Logs are also a great way to track whether or not your students are reading. I have assigned my students a day to turn in their logs from Monday to Thursday each week. I have 2 sixth grade classes, so I don’t want to be overloaded with grading these. Staggering the days does help significantly.
Before assigning the logs, I present to them a power point that I designed from one of our stories from the reading book. During the power point, I model how I am thinking and how I would place my thoughts onto a sticky note. I even have my students help me come up with thoughts. After presenting the power point, I will have my students staple the format and example log into their 3 subject spiral notebook, which is labeled Reading Response Log. I created a sample log that shows them exactly what to do when it’s time for them to do a log on their own. I will also show them student examples of a response log from previous students.
The next day I will have the students practice writing a log from the story in our reading books. After using the reading book, they will use an AR book that they choose to read. With my lower students, I allow them to use the reading book for a few weeks longer so that they can get the hang of it.
I enjoy reading their logs and seeing their progress throughout the year!
I am big on CHIPS! I take 2 points per error except for run ons and fragments. I take 4 points off for those.