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|Sun, 09-24-2006 - 9:35am|
At our staff meeting on Friday, there was a HUGE discussion about assigning reading for homework. Not textbook reading but free reading, reading an AR book, or reading for book reports, etc. One group adamantly opposed it and was the most vocal. The other group, which included me, felt beat up at the end. Does anyone have any articles or books that give reasons why reading SHOULD be assigned for homework or why reading homework IS helpful to students?
I teach 4th grade, and we just don't have time to sit and read in class because we have so much to cover. Those students who finish early get a chance to read, but they would probably read at home anyway. I make them do 1 book report a month (which isn't a lot), and each month is a different genre. I'm trying to expose them to more than Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton.
Thanks in advance!