- "It's boring!"
- "I would rather play video games."
- "It's too hard."
- "Is it almost time for lunch/recess?"
- "I don't understand this story."
These are just some of the excuses I would hear on a daily basis. So, he told me to "Bring it on, Mrs. Allen" when I told him that I could get him to love reading!!!
It all started with meeting for lunch one day and going over an interest inventory. Once I had that information at my fingertips, I visited the school Book Fair ready to purchase, purchase, purchase. There were so many books about wars, dinosaurs, and hunting.
The next week, I met with him to give him his special reading bag, a special notebook, and a special book that "I picked out just for you!" Jordan was happy, but he became even more excited when I showed him that I also purchased a copy of the book for me. We were going to read it together!!! Wow --- you would have thought he won the lottery! Jordan's eyes lit up, and he couldn't stop smiling. He couldn't believe that he got to read with the Principal!!!
When we met the following week, he had already finished the book and was ready to discuss it. How cool! I couldn't get him to stop talking enough to eat his lunch. After the conversation, I suggested we email the author to let her know how much we liked the book...he dictated, and I typed. Sure enough, we had a response within the week!! We printed it out and added it to his notebook.
Let's just say, this was enough to keep him hooked! Since February 2012, Jordan and I have been reading books together. Sometimes he chooses the book, sometimes I do. We find time to meet on Fridays for lunch and a book talk. This is one of the highlights of my job!
Have I made an impact? I think so. How do I know? When I came to school this morning (after being gone at IRC for the past few days), there was a book on my desk with a Post-it note on top:
Thanks for all the books you've given me. Now, here's one for you! Love, Jordan
That's right --- he visited the Book Fair while I was away and purchased me my first book!!! Life doesn't get much better than this!