What enrages me about this phrase is that it is a lie. They read hundreds of texts and newsfeeds every day. But ultimately, what frustrates me most is that we teachers this perception by killing the joy of reading. The first few pages (dates) are often awkward and filled with a lot of background talk.
Heck, we could do a lot worse than provide even just one If you’re going to be a good matchmaker, get to know your students’ likes, dislikes, interests, frustrations, reading abilities—everything you can.As friends, we often find it is our duty to help the person out and identify the thousand “red flags.” Do we allow the same escape plans for reading?Maybe if we approached reading in our classrooms like dating, we wouldn’t be such atrocious matchmakers.“I hate reading.” No three words frustrate me more than these. Thankfully, my wife is an incredibly patient, insightful woman and gave it some time in our relationship.What enrages me about this phrase is that it is a lie. They read hundreds of texts and newsfeeds every day. […]“I hate reading.” No three words frustrate me more than these. Similarly, books can be boring in their exposition.Additional resources: Printable Speed Dating notes sheet (free from Librarian Vickie at TPT) Other ways to speed date with books: "Book Speed Dating"--The Mighty Little Librarian-- This one is very similar to mine, except in this one, the students stay put and move the boxes of books. This one gives alternatives to calling it "Speed Dating" and provides links to book speed dating-related printables.
"Building Our To-Read Lists: Book Speed Dating" by Sharp Read-- Same concept with younger students.
You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.
Get noticed for who you are, not what you look like.
I had a few colonies of ants as roommates (I was big on the whole “live and let live” philosophy).
Sure, we can convince ourselves that we really hate boys or girls. When my wife and I were first dating, I lived alone in a 400-square-foot apartment covered in wood panelling.
I went through the Power Point slides, introducing speed dating and how it relates to our book speed dating activity. After all the "dating" has finished, each student will choose a playing card from the middle of the tables.