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#SOL20: Reading Habits


I check my iPad mini and my Kindle app.  It’s only on the mini.  It’s a control issue.  Control my time issue.  So that means that it is not on my phone nor my computer. Seriously, it’s only on one device. Otherwise it would be toooooo tempting to read just another minute, five minutes or more!

Kindle has a Reading Streaks Activity Tracker.

I’ve read for 77 weeks in a row.

173 days in a row.

With a few touches, I discover that there were only 18 days that I did not read on my kindle during 2019. What makes me pause is the fact that the majority of my professional reading is done with real paper in hand books. Sometimes I have a book on my computer, but more often than not it’s the hard copy that I covet and therefore purchase. Implication: I may have read every day in 2019 but my data is inaccurate because:

  • It only includes Kindle reading
  • I did not have wireless access
  • I don’t know what counts as “reading”.  If I open the app, is that “good enough?”

Does it matter?

I am also trying to make sense of my Goodreads data and now I fully understand that I need to “calendar” time each month for recording.  Recording needs to be routinized if it is going to be accurate and therefore data that has utility.  Here’s what I know.

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I have a collection of data points so I’m just sharing some others that either interested or intrigued me. This view is my books read by my ratings  and 6/77 have no rating so that’s an “oops” on my part. Typically, if the book is not a 4 or 5, I don’t enter it into Goodreads. I just keep reading.

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This sort of books read by publication date is one of my favorites even though I am less concerned about the actual month of the year that the book is published as I have already read several 2020 books. What questions do you think are answered by this data?

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And then a view of when I read, including a pop out list when I click on an individual bar.

And how does this graph differ from the one above?  What’s the same?

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Automatic data collection is nice and deceptively addictive.  I could sort by my shelves and my content. As previously mentioned in 2017 here,  2018 here, June, 2019 here and winter break reading here, my reading goals this year were about balance and exploring a wider variety of genres. Is that data already available?  

Accuracy is an issue because this is what my totals looked like in June.  And I have read for 173 days straight since July. I also have only one Goodreads account now so that data is most suspect.

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Before I record any books in Goodreads for 2020, I need to decide on the labels for “my shelves.” I like the idea of 5 categories for fiction and 5 for nonfiction. One big LUMP for Professional does not yield actionable data.

Decision Time

I need to start recording 2020 books. I want a manageable system that is easy and meets my needs. By the time I have reached that solution, I also believe that my #OLW will have resolved itself. 

Quantity?  Is it the numbers?

Quality?  Additional meaningful information?

Ease of collection?  Automatic, actionable, and accessible?

What stories do you find in your reading habits? 

What stories do your students find in their reading habits?




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#SOL17: Evidence of a Reader


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Does this sound like YOU?

How do you collect evidence of Reading Anchor Standard 10?

R. A.10. “Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.”

“Note on range and content of student reading

To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.”  Source

How do we measure this goal?

Some teachers use reading logs and activities after reading.  However, those aren’t always popular with students, especially students who would prefer to simply

READ!

Check out this post by seventh grader Paul Sinanis, “Yes, I Love to Read!

Are teacher actions inadvertently causing students to read less?

Students today want voice and choice.  Written book reports, especially 5 paragraph essays, are probably NOT working in many classrooms.  Readers may simply not be “recording” the books that they are reading in order to be spared  what they see as the mind-numbing expectations of an adult.  Expectations that they don’t see as relevant.  Collecting titles and comments as part of a portfolio of a reader / writer may appeal to some students.  But what else can be used?  (This post about reading goals had some options to consider.)

Are you adding book covers to your classroom door?

Do you list what you are currently reading at the bottom of your email?

Do you talk about the books you’ve read?

How do YOU share your reading life with your students?

Are YOU, the teacher, using the same mechanisms for reporting that you require of your students?

How do we know what our Reader-in-Chief is reading?  We have been fortunate to have a President that reads for the last 8 years.  And his reading has been well-documented by the press in pictures, articles, and lists. Check out the New York Times story or  Electric Literature’s summary of President Obama’s reading here for two different perspectives on reading and the President.

What are the possibilities that you could consider?

A top 10 list?

A top 5 list?

A “TBR” picture?

An adaptation of Car Karaoke?

A conversation with a reader?

How will we know that YOU are a reader?  What evidence will YOU share?

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