How to automate reading diary collection in your classroom.

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I have to share with you one of the best teaching resources we at literacyideas.com have encountered in a long time. It is a can’t miss from our perspective.  

This tool will save you and your students a world of frustration and time when it comes to collecting data and evidence about reading at home.

Home reading diaries have traditionally been almost a punitive process for students and parents to manage at home. The notion of simply capturing numbers of pages read alongside a parent has no educational merit, providing almost no insight as to what challenged and captured student attention during the process of reading.

Furthermore, to add insult to injury, you (the teacher) continues this pointless process in the classroom by chasing up diaries just to see who has or hasn’t read recently. What are we teaching and learning here?

In the digital era, collecting reading data could and should be so much simpler, and provide in-depth assessment for students about what they read, and build a meaningful profile of insights, challenges and further learning opportunities arose from it.

"Never collect a reading diary or log again" is the promise associated with the Digital Reading Log and I can totally verify that this to be true.  It also  offers so much more potential for you as an assessment tool than chasing reading diaries on a regular basis.  I will never go back..

It took me about 15 minutes to set this up for my class for the year and now I just log into my computer for a detailed analysis of my students reading habits... That's it I'm sorted for the year...

I get crucial information about aspects of reading that challenged my students and data I can use to guide future English lessons and my data collection for reports on reading is all here in one place waiting for me.

The feature I love most of all about this resource is how it adapts depending on the genre of book being being read. Non-Fiction and Fiction books are completely completely different reading experiences and require their own set of questions about how they were read, and what was learned from them.

Even though this resource will set you back a few dollars, ( I paid $8.00 USD ) this lifelong tool will save you hours of conflict and provide a wealth of reading data for years. Furthermore, you can customize any aspect of it to suit your student needs.

Check out the link and the video for yourself.  It cost me the same as a couple of cups of coffee but I would pay double in a heartbeat to have done this earlier in my career.  

Check it out here for yourelf, and if you have used this or something similar we'd love to hear about it.