Module 3 Learning Log – Goodreads

I enjoyed Goodreads so much I went and applied for Librarian status!  And I got it!!!  I’m now a Librarian on Goodreads!  Hooray for me!  Ahem, okay, excitement is over.  For a moment, at least.

I would use Goodreads as part of my Librarianship at a school to review and recommend books for students and teachers alike.  I think Goodreads would also be a great conversation starter.  “So Student, I just read this really great book.  It’s called XXXXXX.  Have you heard of it?  I put it on my Goodreads shelf along with other books that are similar.  If you like this book, you might like some of the others I’ve picked.  Go check it out and tell me what you think.”

Goodreads could be used as a project for English class, extra credit assignment, or as part of a reading promotion activity.  Having students create their own shelves, read, and rate/review books could be fun.  It would be interesting to see how kids read according to their interests and see what they have to say about the books they’ve read.  I could have a reading promotion contest to see how many books students could read and review/rate within a period of time.  Or maybe have a book club in which students review and recommend books to their peers through their shelves.  They could promote a book a week or a book a month through TV news, morning announcements, or on the school’s library website.  These could be fun projects to do with students that wouldn’t involve lots of time or money (esp. if the books they read they get through libraries – school & public).  Parents could get involved as well.  They could create their own shelves and recommendations.

Even just having a link to the librarian’s bookshelf on the school or library website would be important for the intrinsic reading promotion it would have.

I’m sure with enough time I could think of more to do with Goodreads.  For now though, if you would like more information, check out the button on my blog page or click on the link below.  I have several shelves to look through – Read, To Read, Favorites, Currently Reading, and one on European History as part of a unit of study.  The European History bookshelf is books that I would be great supplements to curriculum or perfect for students to find additional information on their own.  Or maybe just read more about a time period, place, person, or event in Europe’s history that interests them.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7056909?shelf=%23ALL%23

Third classroom blog review

I had trouble finding a high school blog on edublog.com when I searched in the search box.  Not sure why.  So I ended up Googling “High School Classroom Blogs” and luckily I found a great one, ironically from edublog!

It is called “THS Lit 10”.  http://ghoke.edublogs.org/

This one is a 10th grade English Literature class blog and first and foremost, I loved the layout.  It is designed to look like a spiral bound notebook (very appropriate for the class!).  Along the side are books with star ratings that the teacher has read which I think is fantastic.  Students can go online and find books right on the class page.

About half way down the page there is a Quizlet post with a Lit 10 interactive flashcard with root words.  I think this is a rather cool feature since students can go online and practice their root words quickly.

While I enjoyed this blog very much, it doesn’t seem to be used and updated very often.  Several from last year were dated September, January, March, and April.  There are none posted for this year.  Perhaps this teacher is no longer teaching?  Maybe she found that the students didn’t use it very much?  Whatever the reason, I was a bit saddened to realize that this blog isn’t really in use because I think the look of it and it’s features were great.

I think a classroom blog like this is good for students if there are regular practice quizzes posted and updated unit discussions.  This way, kids who are absent or behind can go online and stay up to date with what is going on in the class.  I also loved the recommended book feature.  Teaching English Lit should come with recommended books that one has read (beyond the required reading for class).