We Read: Vol. 2

As I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to get a handle on ways to promote literacy at my school.  As a literacy instructional facilitator for a campus of around 1500 students, that can be a bit tricky.  In some ways, I feel removed from the students because I don’t have students assigned to me that I see every day.  If I did, I could talk to them personally, get to know their likes and dislikes, gauge their attitudes toward reading and writing (mainly for pleasure…because if they read for pleasure, they will likely succeed in class when they are required to read for a grade).

But getting data isn’t as difficult as it used to be.  And it turns out, getting data didn’t depend upon my getting face time with students.  Reason?  Google.  Google is great, and the teachers I work with share my vision, so I created a Google Form survey that the English teachers allowed their classes to take.  In around 10 minutes time, BAM!  Responses galore!

I’m fascinated with the results.  They are very telling.  I’ve provided some samples of what we are seeing.  See for yourself:

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I love this next one (#8).  I suspect they’d say “yes” to just about anything here.  😉

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However, I’m tempted to believe their response below:

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Our schedule is such that we have an extra few minutes in 4th period.  I’ve wondered if offering recreational reading time (with certain perimeters) would be beneficial.  Therefore, I wanted feedback from the students:

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And then the good stuff:

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And just because I think it might matter:

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Next, I wanted to see how they would rank spending their recreational activities.  Here are 2 of the 7, which broke my heart a little bit:

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So what about writing?

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And then having the remnants of my broken heart shattered even more:

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Is it a perfect survey?  No.  But it was a place to start.  Any info right now is good info when you’re in the beginning stages of a full on war for literacy.  😉


2 thoughts on “We Read: Vol. 2

  1. Alicia!!! I totally love this. You could make this into an article about how to increase literacy in a school (once you figure out what to do with the results). This is amazing. Imagine what it says to them that someone even cared to ask them these questions. I’ve been reading a lot about youtube culture lately; both my kids are huge into it. There must be a way to tap into that to increase reading. I would like to share this with my Writing for Children students to show them what young adults read.


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