Reflection: Shared Expectations Being an Active Reader - Section 4: Did They Get It?


Ahh, the click of binder rings opening and closing.  Music to my ears!  The kids are always laughing at me when I bask in the wonder that is this sound.  I tell them it's my favorite sound, and it is.

Binders are the best!  It's like your own little filing cabinet that you get to carry around with you.  It has dividers.  It has paper.  It has a cool pouch for all of your pens and pencils.  It's perfection with three rings.

Yes, I am crazy.  

Thankfully, my school has fully embraced the AVID way of doing things.  It's a great way to frame note-taking, questioning, accountability, and organization as a school culture.  And, most importantly, it reinforces what I have always done with a classroom binder.

My goal with making kids open up the rings of their binders and put things away properly is to show them that each of our lessons and assignments has value.  They will want to to hang on to this precious paper as it will prove useful in the future.

However, holding them accountable for binder organization is only the first step.  As you will see throughout the year, students will create notes as a reference and will then use those notes over and over again.  I don't just tell them that these notes are important.  I show them how important they really are!


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Being an Active Reader

Unit 1: Starting Strong!
Lesson 2 of 2

Objective: SWBAT comprehend and summarize literature using a graphic organizer.

Big Idea: Don't let your students be passive readers. Get them active!

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