Post: What to do when students don't read the assignment
    Posted by: Teachers.Net Gazette on 3/14/16
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    Here’s a problem that teachers have to deal with all too
    often: Kids come to class not having read the assigned text,
    or chapter, or article. What to do to move forward?

    The solution for some has been to do an end run around such
    assignments by having the students read the piece in class
    instead. That takes a lot of instructional time and leads to
    strategies like Round Robin Reading (RRR)—also called
    Popcorn Reading or Combat Reading.

    RRR is not really a comprehension strategy; it’s a
    management tool. Kids keep quiet and listen because they
    might be called on next. Worrying that they might get called
    on next means they’re not paying attention to what is
    currently being read. If the teacher is obvious about who’ll
    read next, the students know when their turns are coming and
    are rehearsing while someone else is laboring away at her
    chunk of the text.

    RRR is not a valid fluency strategy, either: With no chance
    to rehearse what they’re reading, poor oral readers won’t do
    well—and on top of that, they’re modeling poor reading for
    others. And, there’s the embarrassment factor. I can
    remember from my own schools days that some kids hated
    reading aloud because they anticipated stumbling, and the
    good readers hated it when the poor ones read for just that

    But after all these years, teachers still use RRR. Why?
    Because the kids are quiet, occupied, and the assignment
    gets read. In other words, it’s all about management. So
    okay. Round Robin Reading doesn’t promote fluency or
    comprehension, but you still have to lick the
    didn’t-read-the-assignment-before-class problem. (Click
    below to read about an alternative practice you can try.)

    Click here to read the article by Sarah Powley

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