Go Ahead, Scam Me Kids!
WARNING: Rant Below.
So, my last post was about an easy interactive reading promotion idea using Post-It Notes I got from my fabulous friend (and one time mentee) Tiffany Whitehead. Didn't read it yet? Just landed here? That's OK, maybe you should go back and read it before going much further... it's OK, I'll wait.
(watches Ancient Aliens loves that memetastic Giorgio A. Tsoukalos but can't stand the annoying voice of that David Childress)
This post was inspired by an anonymous blog comment. I'll post it below. Oh wait! Eep...sorry
You also probably should skim this Reading Promotion post, too! It's cool, I'll go check Twitter while you do and Tweet back to my favorite band of all time XTC & Andy Partridge.
Reading is the Key!
'Cause that's where the anonymous or unknown comment was left. My below rant will make more sense if you get the context. OH! I know, I'll screenshot it. Wait here for a sec. BRB.
Here's my reply... I think I went a little overboard. That happens.
Hello Unknown~ You know, it shows how much I'm so excited for a REAL comment (rather than the usual SPAM for classes in Mumbai, Mozambique, or Mobile that I get from spammers and bots) that I'll answer even an anonymous comment! Because, you know, how do I know it's "real" because if they cared that much for the answer, why can't they even leave a name, right? Some great comments or questions I've even emailed to answer in more detail or called on the phone. Ok......enough of that. Sorry if that sounded snarky.
How do I know the kid actually read the book?....Here's how I know. They returned the book! If a kid really wanted SCAM me to get whatever kind of faux brass key, stuffed animal, sticker or prize...then have at it.
And when I did the Passport thing with the stamps, there really wasn't really a prize, just the the satisfaction of having every square stamped. I can't even remember if I gave it back to the kiddo or displayed it up on the board. But knowing how bad I am about changing my one bulletin board in the library, I'm pretty sure I just gave it to the kid with a big high five and a whooping "Great job sweetie, well done!"
Because, what's really the reason we're doing this? To get the kid in the door. OR to get the kid to read more. OR to encourage the kid to read a different or varied type or genre of book. Basically, just to get the kid to read.
At least they're visiting the library. Because, really...isn't that what we want? Occasionally, I'll flip open the book an pick out a character's name or event in the book and ask a random question, but really -- I don't care. (OK, I'm kind of fibbing here, I think I've done that like once or twice in my 20+ years)
But yeah, go ahead and SCAM me kids! Come and get my prizes, just come to the library & check out a book. It's all good. For every prize I'm scammed out of, I'm sure there are dozens of kiddos avidly reading the books. Because that was me. I was that kid. I was the kid that came to get a book every morning and every afternoon. I was the kid that had the reading during class and hiding the book inside the desk trick down pat. I was RARELY caught. Ok, I was caught a couple times but I always did it.
Then, I transferred to Phillis E. Williams Elementary School, a 1970's OPEN CLASSROOM style school and for a kid like me, I thrived. I hurried up, hustled to every classroom in the pod and did all my work as fast and as well as I could, so I could get that free time to curl up in the School Library or classroom corner and just READ.
This is when I switched to public schools and got identified as a TAG kid, one of the BEST things was that I didn't have to do as much boring stoopid stuff that I already knew how to do, by rote, and was able to "test out" and then craft my own learning plan. That's why I'm such a big fan of PBL and UDL as a Teacher Librarian. OK, enough about me - sounds kind of braggy. GAH. Sorry.
WOW...this turned out to be sort of a long rant. I hope it comes across ok, because I guess I'm sort of passionate about this topic.
Is this question all about assessment? OR some kind of statistic that you need to prove it's effective? Why not compare your circulation stats BEFORE the reading promotion, during, and then after? Did it jump way up? GREAT! Make an infographic, a pie graph or a bar graph that illustrates your success.
When it comes to reading promotion, I want to do fun things to encourage kids to read that doesn't cost a lot of money, doesn't take a lot of time to manage or organize. (Yeah, I'm kind of lazy that way) I like a reading promotion that has that special something -- that fun kind spark of engagement that will encourage the kiddos to give it a whirl.
What do you do to promote reading? What features do you find that makes a great and easy to do reading promotion? And what's your name, hon? ;-) Either way, hope that helped!
PS. Don't blog for comments. You won't get a lot of them. Even after having more than 3 MILLION (said with Austin Powers voice) visitors, I get like 4 genuine comments a year..... Le sigh.
For reals. I created this graphic months ago for a future blog post I wanted to write about ...well, blogging. But putting it here seems like a good idea!
About this picture.
Unthinkable Scragg comes to mind. I may not have even had a name, just a grubby little extra. It was a blast.
Anyway, Kyle lives in Annapolis now. Yeah, I just stalked him real quick on Google. Probably a good thing I'm not on Facebook.
The next year I went to High School and discovered the band XTC and today, on Twitter, as I was writing this blog post, my musical hero of 39 years MADE MY DAY. See?
------->OMGosh, SQUEE! It's like the BEST THING EVER!!!!!If you like XTC, I can assure you, your nerd eye is open.— XTC (@xtcfans) March 23, 2019
OK, enough rambling and reminiscing on and on. Don't know why I felt like sharing that. I think I'm pretty good about not nattering on about myself in my blog posts. Or at least I hope so! Or at least not during the main content area. Eep! How tiresome! Night friends!
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