Books on speed dating
” When students have visited each table, they fill out their final book selection on the worksheet, turn in the sheet, and check out their books.
For the rest of the period, students would browse the stacks in search of a book, find one quickly, and then sit down and chat with their friends until the bell rang.She earned her master’s degree in school and public librarianship at Rowan University and has written several articles for Library Media Connection.When she is not managing the Media Center, 3D printing, or reading, she tends to her herd of seventeen alpacas.I ask the girls to have a seat first, spacing them out so that there are no more than two per table. This is to ensure that there is an adequate variety of books that will appeal to both genders at each table. As the activity progresses, I watch that students read and engage with the books.Sometimes, after a few “dates,” I see that a student does not appear to be interested in any of the choices. It’s always great to have students think a program is fun, but it’s an added bonus when that program gets books into their hands that they really enjoy and actually finish.
” It made me smile to hear a senior boy pass by and say those words as I was setting up the decorations for a group of freshmen.
I make contact with that student to try to find out what would appeal to him or her and attempt to meet that need.
In between dates, I sometimes gauge how the activity is going by asking questions like, “How many of you are taking your book out for a second or third date?
At this point, students are starting to understand that dating and choosing a book aren’t so different.
AFTER THE INTRODUCTION, BRIEFLY EXPLAIN THE ACTIVITY: After the introduction to the activity, I allow students to find seats at the date tables.
For our high school, is an effective approach to pairing up students with “the perfect match” of a book!