Using Discussion Forums and Chats I am able to gain insight into my students’ reading lives at an amazing rate. I know which are lovers of books and which would rather stare at a page than read something they’re not interested in. I’ve also learned these things about the group.
- ALL of them have said they will read at home IF the book is interesting; yet most admitted they rarely read at home.
- Several like reading, but feel they have read all of the good books and don’t know where to find more.
Already, within a week of the class beginning (this is a second trimester course), there have been discussions about books and they are sharing good titles with each other. A couple have finished a book. Others have barely started. I’ve learned who likes fantasy, biography, love stories, graphic novels, and realistic fiction. I know who doesn’t like girly-books and who loves mysteries.
It is remarkable how much I know about them as readers (and writers, for that matter). Now, however, I’m at a loss. I’m not sure how I should track all of this knowledge. That’s what I’ll be working on over the holiday break. I’d love any insight that you’re willing to leave in the comments. 🙂 Thanks.