Monday, October 13, 2008

Reading Challenges

I feel so much better now that I am earning a paycheck again. I had to wait over a month to get one since I had to be boarded before I could get paid. I find that it is challenging to work with individual students day in and day out and find activities that hold their interest as well as achieve their goals. Assignments that take a whole class at least 15 minutes to do can be accomplished by an individual in five minutes.

I have tried to find books that are interesting to my boys especially to get them to enjoy reading and find writing assignments in which they can relate. One of the things that has seemed to work is draw a picture and write about it. But, just like my son, I have found that as I research their interest and find materials at their reading levels, my knowledge of boy things expands. The interests that I am looking for materials for are: Mythology, Cars, Fighter Jets, Basketball, Kickball, Frogs, Bats, and Sharks.

I believe that reading is reading and although for most of my boys, graphic novels are below their reading levels, I want them to find reading easy and fun to encourage them to read more. I have trouble with graphic novels because I feel they are glorified comic books, but we all have different reading interests and if pictures help make reading more interesting and less of a challenge for my readers, then I will keep looking for these books.