Does this sound familiar to you….
Me: “L, you forgot to fill out how many minutes you read each night on your log. Please come and get your log and fill out your minutes.”
L : ” Ummm, I don’t remember how many minutes I read each night Mrs. B. But I know I did get in all my minutes! And look, this week I remembered to have my mom sign EVERY NIGHT!”
Me: “L, how am I to give you full credit if you haven’t followed the directions?”
L: “Hmmmm. I’ll have to think about that one.” Silence. More silence.
And so it goes, every Friday in my classroom after I collect reading logs. I despise them (the logs, not the kids), I really do. Last year, I didn’t use reading logs at all, and I was happy. And the children were happy. And everyone was READING! This year, I decided to start the logs up again. I can not tell you why I made this decision. What’s the point of the log… I really can’t use the data collected from them, because who knows if it’s accurate? I mean, sometimes I feel like giving the kids a reading log to complete is like saying, “Please lie to me,” because I suspect half the time kids just make up their entries!
I’m going to discontinue the log at the end of the quarter next week. Possible alternatives? I’m throwing a few ideas around, but I’m still doing my research. Whatever I decide I’ll be sure to share.