Reading Workshop

Guess what: our students love to read for pleasure. They told us as much when we conducted a study. They also told us they don’t have time to do it during the school year, so we cooked up a low-stakes pass-fail course that students can take for .25 credits. Reading Workshop meets once a week for the first half of the spring term to discuss a chosen book and then for students to read a book of their own choosing. Along the way they have an opportunity to explore their own reading tastes and learn ways to discover books they’ll want to read. While not a typical approach to information literacy, we felt it was important for life-long learning for students to have a chance to reflect on their self-directed reading choices. After all, once they graduate they won’t have assigned reading to guide what they read next.