We are in the last week of term one and the end of term holidays are upon us. Is it time to do nothing for students? Not in my room! I hope I gave an inspiring Winston Churchill like speech on being the best, and the best work harder than the rest. To be the best is about beating themselves, taking their own learning further than it’s been before (sounds a bit like a line that should be in Star Trek).
I decided to give the students in my class the option of choosing to read school journals during the holidays. They could either say yes or no to doing so, I wouldn’t take offense either way. Afterall, holidays are holidays. I could see the apprehension in their faces, but then I said that they could choose the journals that might interest them to read. To my delight, every student said that they’d like too. Five school journals were chosen that are appropriate to their reading level and interests. We’re aiming for reading mileage, and the development of reading for pleasure and interest.
So don’t be surprised when you see your child with their head in a school book. Rather, sit down with them and engage together in the pleasure that reading with your child brings. Help them be their best, by beating themselves!