What I liked best about reading this way is I am able pace myself each night on how many pages to read. Last year we were required to read a set amount of pages and then have a quiz. Now I am expected to be done with the book on a certain day. What I don't like about reading this way is I don't always push myself to read. I have more freedom to read when I want and for how long. But at times I can't get myself to read. I need to start following the reading schedule I constructed.
I agree with you on both what you like and don't like about reading this way. I find it hard for me to keep up with my reading, also. I ended up reading a lot over the weekend to catch up with my reading schedule! I like that we just have to finish the book by a certain date, too. That gives everyone some freedom to read at their own pace.
I know I usually do all of reading on the weekends as well. It's hard trying to focus and read everyday. So, the weekends are my catch-up days. Freedom is a good thing to have, but it also brings out our inner procrastinator.
I agree with you about having a schedule, because I have to force myself to read a book that I have absolutely no interest in.
I like reading this way because if I forget to read or run out of time one day I do not need to get stressed out about it. One problem with reading this way I always seem to find a way to procrastinate, but it is a good lesson for when I go off to college. I feel like this is a good way to break my procrastination habits.
I agree with the part about procrastinating! I can't seem to get motivated to read without the deadlines but I'm sure Ill get used to it!
I absolutely agree with your statement of breaking habits. As i go on to college I might not encounter the same blogging techniques, so this will get me ready for future challenges as well.
I feel like it will prepare us for the changes that college will bring.
I completely agree with the idea of breaking the procrastination habits! This will also help us learn how to manage our time better as we may be juggling as much as three books at once plus other school work! At that point if we don't break it we will not manage to go very far in the coming months.
Story of my life! I hate when I don't have time to read. Especially when I was trying to fit it in my schedule. I can also be very forgetful. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember. If I really need to read, I'll do whatever it takes. There's no fun in that. Having time is one of the greatest gifts.
What I like best about reading this way is that it gives me more time and freedom to fit reading into my schedule. If I have a busy day, I can read more on another day, and it won't affect my grade at all. I also like that we get to blog and see everyone's opinion on the book. What I don't like about reading this way is not having quizzes to check if I actually understand the book and what's going on. We have to wait until the big test to see what kind of questions there might be or how the test will be. If we had quizzes we could have a little more of an idea. I don't really mind not having quizzes, though!!
Rach, I see where you're going. Quizzes help show me what I need to pay attention to. I might be looking at the picture when focusing on the details is what's important. However, I would never choose to do them for fun. Maybe having a guide like Mrs. Springstead gave us last year would suffice.
I feel the same way Evelyn! Quizzes sometimes help me see what I need to know, but I wouldn't voluntarily do them. I like your study guide idea! That would make everything less stressful.
Even though I loathed quizzes when they were required, I do agree that they were helpful. But, I do think that not having quizzes better mimics the college environment in which tests are weighted so heavily. It has its pros and cons.
I agree with you Rachel about the quizzes. Even though I never liked or hated them they kept me on track with the class on where I should be in the book.
I like getting to read and work at my own pace, but I can honestly say, I prefer to turn in a paper instead of doing it online.
I also enjoy being able to work at my own pace. I do not fully agree with you on preferring to turn in a paper. I like to take notes by hand because I am a faster writer than typer. However, I think it is so much more convenient for me to do things online. I like being able to submit things once I finish, and not wait until the next day. Although, I do like the feeling of physically turning something in.
Alyssa you took the words right out of my mouth! I have soo many challenging classes and working at my own pace is very important! I also feel as though if we used paper it could make me to become more successful because working online can be very distracting.
This reading technique allows me to read at my own pace to a reasonable extent. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to reading, and although I still did with this novel, I still had significant time to work with. The only bad thing is that I can only blame myself... and I'm not too fond of that.
insightful...no one wants to take the blame! :)
I admire that you admitted it, because not everyone does.
Madison I totally agree with you on the procrastination. I personally hate reading. I don't enjoy it at all. So when we are given deadlines it makes it easier to get the reading done by the due date at your own pace. However it can still be a challenge when you have no enjoyment in reading.
Reading the book this way was fine. I liked it, because it gave me time. Last year I struggled trying to get homework done while fitting studying and reading time. Not much has changed this year, but I get to choose when to read. This keeps me from cramming everything in a couple days and it give me more time to sleep! I didn't like reading this way, because it is a little overwhelming for me. I have to make sure to keep us with this one and all the other books at the same time. Reading one book at a time is more fitting for me. In a way, it makes me more responsible. Keeping track of what I have to do is up to me.
I think no one responded to me, because they're getting sick of me. I've blogged an excessive amount of time, so maybe they think they've already responded. My lovely fellow classmates could possibly think that my blog was inappropriate or ignorant. If so, I'd like to hear constructive criticism. Another theory may include, someone on a mission to kill my vegetable of a grade. I won't let them and I've taken matters into my own hands...by responding to myself to ensure my points!
I like being able to read at my own pace, and to comment online at my convenience. However, I do prefer to read as a class in the classroom. I think that reading this was is lacking in teacher input and insight, an aspect of the classroom that helps many students better understand a novel. But, since that classroom environment is not available, I do think that the online blogging and reading at one's own pace is the next best option.
I agree on all accounts. It would be nice to get the input of not only our classmates, but the teacher as well.
Thanks Wes!! I'm glad we are in agreement. I think we do get some teacher input through blogging, just not to the same extent we would in the classroom.
I love the fact that we are given due dates for when we need to be finished reading. This allows me to and I'm sure others to read at there own pace that they prefer. Some people like to read little by little. Others like to cram it in all in the last week. I personally like to just do it whenever I have free time and if the due date is set at a good enough advance this allows me to read at a slow and steady pace. However life happens and things make it hard to the reading in at a nice pace. So in the future I will be making a better effort to get a good jump start on the readings. This way if something else were to come up that forces you to not be able to read you are already at a good spot to stay at your comfortable pace before the test comes around.
I totally agree with you Devin. I like how we get to read at our own pace and not have a teacher tell us how many pages we need to read a day.
Thanks! Yes it really allows you to take charge and be much more independent.
What I liked about the style in which the assignment was given to us was that I was able to plan out how I was going to do it. I mean, I would have been able to plan much sooner if we were not given the due date of it with only two weeks left. What I didn't like about it is that knowing the due date was an entire month away caused me to procrastinate much more. Evenually I hope that this style will help me break this old bad habit before I go off to college.
I get that some of us were procrastinating, but I hope Mrs. Hess doesn't start assigning quizzes all the time. Sometimes I really do need that much time, because it's hard to balance all of my classes. It's true that I need to get myself together if I were to go to college. Whether the class liked the book or not, we all learned something.
I agree with you about the quizzes. Now that I understand what needs to be done I really don't want to do the chapter quizzes. Knowing the due date of the book allows us to prioritize and have more flexible homework schedules.
I feel like this is exactly what I wanted to try to do, but I'm so scatterbrained that I end up messing up the order that I want to do things.
I like reading this way because it gives me no other option but to truly read the book and to understand it easily. I don't like reading this way because when ever I get online I tend to get distracted with the news or notifications, and then I end up forgetting the true purpose of why I got I got onto the internet.
The thing i like about reading this way is that it is up to us to get the whole book read by the due date. The thing i don't like about this is that i wait a very long time before i start to read.
I liked having the freedom to read whenever I wanted by the due date, however I like having deadlines for certain portions because it forces me to keep a steady pace.
AJ I agree with your comment because I put pretty much the exact same thing. Haha
Yeah I just procrastinate too much if I don't have deadlines.
I enjoy that we were able to read at our own pace because some people, like myself, read more slowly than others. However, some people may be busy and end up forgetting to read the book all together. I'm not saying that's what I did but, I know their are people who are busy with sports and other activities.
I enjoyed the freedom of reading at my own pace as well. I would like to say that through a busy schedule I did not procrastinate, but that was not the case.
I can't help but say that I procrastinated a little.........okay maybe a lot but I understand. Thank you for your responds! :)
I liked the fact that I was given my own freedom to read the book when I wanted, and read the book at my own pace not someone else's because that frustrates me at times. I need to read at my own pace, and I like that I get too.
I think reading at our own pace helps too. It helps me comprehend what I am reading instead of just flying through to meet a deadline.
I agree, us student athletes get busy at times and certain reading requirements can be hard to meet.
What I liked least about reading this way was actually the fact that there weren't any due dates for every couple chapters. That obviously gives me a great incentive to get reading and that way I'm getting a few chapters a week instead of reading a lot in one night. What I did like about this reading was the blogging. This is a much better way to explain our thoughts and give answers rather than just getting a test after each chapter.
What I liked best about reading this way was that we were allowed a lot of freedom with the book, such as no deadlines, but this is also a problem for me because it allows me to procrastinate to the very last minute. But that's just something I'll have to work on!
Madyson GURL I swear we have the same mind! At first it seemed like it'd be great having so much independent reading time but I agree that it made it a lot more tempting to procrastinate. So now what do you prefer, deadlines every so often or none?
Haha I know right?! But it depends. If I really like book then I feel like I could read, blog, and write an essay about it in 2 weeks! But if It was a harder book that I really didn't understand then I feel I would want deadlines so I could force myself to keep up!
I like reading this way because it helps me keep track of what I am reading. My only problem is, I forget to blog most of the time.
That's my problem too! But other than that I like this method because, like you said, it helps me keep track of what I'm reading.
Honestly, the thing I liked best about being given a set date of when the book had to be read by is that even if I missed school I knew it had to be done by and then I wouldn't have to worry about what page I was supposed to get to by that certain day. On the other end of the spectrum, the worst part of it is I tend to do my reading at night when I can't sleep so at times I end up reading the same thing a couple times without realizing it, so I guess it makes it a little less productive.
What did I learn about myself? What might I do in the future? The best part of the novel is...?What I liked best or least about reading this way? How has blogging helped me or not?