My second year of teaching has come and gone, and I've just noticed that I've been a bit lax in keeping up with my blog. Report cards are done, my students have left, I have no excuses now.
Before my future seventh graders left for their summer vacation, I gave them their summer reading assignment. It is very similar to the one I gave them last summer, but this year I decided to create a wiki with the assignment and reading list on it, and email the link to their parents. No excuses of "I lost the handout" this year!
I had never created a wiki before, but I'm feeling pretty proud of my creation. Not only does it have the summer reading assignment and the reading list, but it also has a page called Challenge the Teacher. The student who manages to read more than I do this summer will receive a gift card to Borders (conveniently located up the street from our school).
While explaining the wiki to my current sixth graders/future seventh graders, they asked if they could also challenge next year's sixth graders to a Read Off. I ran it by my boss and our fifth grade teacher and, well, Challenge On! The class that reads more (as a class) over the summer will receive Skittles from yours truly.
I'll do anything to get my students to read more!
Feel free to stop by my Notes From McTeach wiki and let me know what you think.