This practice, like gold stars, is manipulative and can end up being counterproductive. Read Alfie Kohn's "Punished by Rewards." The teacher has decided to chart the class's reading logs--to what end? In order to get them to read more? So the goal is to read more pages? And when the reading chart goes away? Will the children who don't already like reading keep doing it? Not likely.
My own daughter was a very able reader at a very early age but she did not like to read (as unlikely as that sounds). In fact she hated it! Thinking I could entice her to like reading, we signed up for one of those "fun" reading programs at the library over the summer where they award little prizes for books read. At the end of the program, I asked her how she liked it, and she said, "Getting prizes was fun, and the books were 'ok', but now I don't have to read anything else until next year." !!!
Children are born curious, and soon after they start school many of them associate "learning" with boredom and with being judged constantly (through grades). If the goal is to love learning in general and love reading in particular, then maybe we need to work on that *directly* with students and not try to manipulate them.
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