How often do your students make true connections to what they are required to read in the classroom? Do your students react with boredom or frustration when you want them to read? If so, consider flipping your class through the power of blogging!
There is so much value in what we want our students to read, but sometimes it can be a battle to get them to engage in a successful reading process. There are many ways to transform reading in the classroom, and one exciting way is through flipped blogging.
A flipped classroom is one where students engage in learning at home in order to have an understood foundation of a topic before returning to the classroom. Once they return to the classroom, they participate in project-based learning that supports and extends the learning they did at home. Flipping the classroom with reading as a focus allows students to read in the classroom while the teacher models successful reading strategies.
Overview of the process:
- Students choose any work of fiction appropriate for their reading level
- Students read in class 3-4 times a week for 2.5 weeks. They must read actively, but get to choose their method: index cards, post-it flags, bullet points in their notebooks, etc.
- At home, students write their blog using the Writing to Learn method. They have the freedom to craft posts on topics of their own choosing.
- Every day that they read in class, students blog about the experience at home.
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