Speed Dating

Speed dating, the perfect, non-committal way to be introduced to someone/ thing new.  In my case, science fiction.

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Our year nine students are about to embark on studying the science fiction genre in their English classes.  So we thought, what better way to introduce them to the genre than by showing them the LibGuide we have created on the genre and exposing them to a variety of novels via speed dating with a book.

I decided to join in the fun, not being a fan of Sci-Fi I thought this was the perfect opportunity to see how successful this activity can be in introducing students to new books.  Below is a copy of my notes, the students were asked to create the three columns and complete with the relevant information.

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At the start of the activity, the majority of students are inevitably reluctant, they are being asked to step outside their comfort zone instead of nestling up to a familiar novel, author or genre. But, once we were underway silence descended and the students were eager to talk about their first impressions when the timer went off.

As for me, I enjoyed the activity and it seems the students did too. This activity can be developed further by possibly having each student borrow something new and possibly even create a report on it to share with the class – something to the think about for next time. But for now, I have two new books to add to my list so I better hurry up and finish my book!

 

World Book Day: I’m excited!

Tomorrow we will celebrate World Book Day and I’m excited.

I’m excited because I love books. I’m excited because I love reading. I’m excited because….I love to play dress up!

Picture courtesy of http://readingagency.org.uk

Picture courtesy of http://readingagency.org.uk

One of the reasons I became a teacher is because I love to read and wanted to share my passion for reading and creative writing with others. The reality is that as an English teacher I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like talking about books.

Instead, I have to focus on teaching how to write in different styles and working out why a writer has used a specific word in their sentence and focussing on helping students to make the top grade. It’s marking, reporting, assessing…

So, when days like these come along, and I can momentarily abandon the syllabus I make sure to make the most of it. There are so many fantastic YA novels out there at the moment that not only is there not enough time to read them all, but the possibilities for tomorrow are endless.

I think it’s safe to say that there will be plenty dressing as Katniss Everdeen’s and Tris Prior’s… but, I wonder who else I will see wandering the hallways tomorrow?

More importantly, who will I be?