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You asked what I do if a student is not completing the work. I am guessing you are referring to the tasks that students are asked to complete during individualized daily read time. Since I check in on students' progress on a regular basis, I am always aware of students who are not doing their reading "work." I make sure to meet with these students immediately and set up a plan to hold them accountable for completing tasks. Usually an individual conference with the student where we set personal reading goals leads to an improved effort on the student's part.
However, there are times when these students must face consequences for their incomplete reading work. In our classroom economy, students receive debits for not turning in homework assignments. I consider reading work to be just as important and will apply the classroom economy rules to reading workshop tasks as well. (For more information on my classroom economy, read my recent blog post: http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2010/01/class-economy.html ) I also look for ways to recognize these students when they do put extra effort into tasks. When I see a glimpse of quality work, I am quick to choose these less-motivated students as my "reader of the day." That usually boosts their confidence and increases their level of motivation to continue working hard.
You also asked what I do when a partner has not read or brought questions for a buddy meeting. I believe you are referring to my reading partnership unit. While students are very independent during this unit, I do make sure that they alwasys sign-up first before conducting a partnership meeting. When they sign up for a meeting, I check their "thick" questions first and then approve the meeting. This way I know that both readers are prepared to make their book discussion meeting as purposeful as possible.
I hope I have answered your questions!
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