Speed dating in reading

Anyone who’s ever been on a big group ski trip knows that coupling up is a frequent occurrence in the mountains.

I just told them to sit anywhere and that we would be moving soon enough. I am excited to add a fun twist for when I do this lesson again.

The first rule of Book Club is: you do not talk about Book Club.

The second rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club. We'll invite people to a central London bar and hire a private area.

These classes are designed for struggling readers and generally have fewer than ten students. I had the best results with the eighth grade class, who better understood all my dating jokes ("sometimes you have to kiss some frogs", "sometimes you have to throw that fish back in", "if at first you don't succeed", etc.).

Because of the nature of the class, the students do not tend to be readers, nor are they generally intrinsically-motivated to read. They really enjoyed this lesson, and my eighth grade library assistants, who saw the speed dating as they worked in the library, all asked me to do this with their classes, too. For the reading resource classes, I chose high-interest genres such as horror, humor, manga, nonfiction, survival, romance, sports, and realistic fiction. For my classes, I added a second nonfiction table since it was full every time.

I've wanted to try it out for awhile now, and I finally went for it last week.

I wanted to use a smaller "test" group before trying this with a class of 35 eighth graders, so I tried it with our resource reading classes first.

Playdate London Your tickets for this arts and crafts social include drinks, retro sweets and a goodie bag on arrival, plus a wristband for cheap drinks at the after-party.

You are provided with plenty of kids' toys, games and art materials (including body paint and modelling clay) to play with with every member of the opposite gender for at least five minutes.

If you don’t have time to stay though, just hand in your check list to show which organisations you would like to hear from again and we’ll pass on your details.

As no speed dating event is complete without refreshments, there will be copious amounts of tea, coffee and cake on-hand to give you the stamina to meet your match!

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