"I LOVED LOVED my group today. They were AWESOME! They ALL read the book, had great insight, and asked if we could do more of that this year. They liked that they got the books before they started state testing because most of them read the book when they finished testing. AND....they re-checked it out to get a refresher before the meeting. I was super impressed! Thanks for coordinating!"
"My girls LOVED the book."
"Today was great...I needed to be able to do something positive with students and today happened at the perfect time."
A few quotes from students:
"I like how the teacher read the book as well and could talk about it."
"I (liked this format) because all I did was talk and I had to do no work."
"it was very easy to use and not stressful"
"it was fun talking about the book"
A few stats from the student survey they answered after the meeting:
90% read all or part of their book
97% gave their book a 3, 4, or 5 star rating
The vast majority liked that I came over to the middle school to show book trailers and have them select and get the book before the year ended.
Our sophomore book groups required some adjustment. We could not figure out a way to meet face to face with the various schedules so we used Flipgrid to record videos and have the students respond in the topic for their book. Classes have been coming this week and I grossly underestimated how self-conscious the students would be to record themselves, even though the responses are not very personal. I'm going to have to meet with the teacher and re-evaluate before we plan for summer reading next year. I also had a hard time getting teachers to come in and record their initial video so I had to step in and do several myself. Not what I was hoping for!