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How Whooo’s Reading Got This 4th Grade Class Reading Every Night

How Whooo’s Reading Got This 4th Grade Class Reading Every Night

By Lena Troxtell

Being new to the world of 4th grade this year has been interesting. One of the things I’ve struggled with most is getting my students to read—and making sure they’re actually doing it.

While our school uses an online reading program, some of my students cannot use it at home. This meant I had to find my own way to get them reading at home.

To tackle this problem, my team started with reading packets. But, after a few weeks, this idea evolved into a towering pile of paper and took too much of our time. Next, we turned to reading logs. This method was successful, but I struggled to get anything good out of my kids.

“I started reading through the site, really looking it over, and I fell in love. This was what I had been looking for.”

At this time, we had also started our first novel study. Having to print questions, give them out, take them up, and then read them after we discussed the chapters seemed almost pointless. I needed something different, but what?

A quick story: My Facebook feed is full of awesome ideas from other teachers, and because of this I often see education-related, sponsored posts. This has been hugely helpful on many levels and led to quite a few new additions to my classroom.

One fateful day, while scrolling though Facebook, I came across a Learn2Earn sponsored post about their online teacher tool, Whooo’s Reading. The graphics jumped out at me because I am a huge owl fan. They looked so cute I couldn’t help but click the link!

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I started reading through the site, really looking it over, and I fell in love. This was what I had been looking for. This site was going to make reading homework and giving responses more interesting for all of my students.

Getting Students On Board

I went right to work setting up my class. I was so excited to show it to my students. I showed them the site on a Friday:

  • We went over how to add new books and time.
  • We talked about their owl.
  • I discussed how we would answer questions and that I wanted them to respond to each other within the Whooo’s Reading platform.

At the end our discussion they were completely on board and excited. I told them we would start Monday and the classroom echoed with disappointed groans—they wanted to start right away! This was music to my heart.

I was very pleased when I checked the site on Monday evening and saw so many of my students had posted and replied to each other. It was fantastic! Now they aren’t just answering questions because I say they have to. Now they are responding to each other’s answers and really talking about the book we’re reading.

“Now they aren’t just answering questions because I say they have to. Now they are responding to each other’s answers and really talking about the book we’re reading.”

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Some of My Favorite Features

Student owls from Mrs. Troxtell's class.

Student owls from Mrs. Troxtell’s class.

I love the option to add my own theme of questions. We are currently reading Maniac Magee and I am able to add my own book-specific questions into the mix of great questions the site already provides. Plus, I can go on and give my students scores right then and there.

I also love being able to ask questions and redirect the conversation as needed. They’ve all told me they will have a score of 4 (the highest score a teacher can give for responses) before we’re done with our study—I am so excited to see them working toward that.

My students love getting new accessories for their owls and leveling up.

So much so that a lot of my students are now using Learn2Earn every night for their reading homework.They love logging into their account and interacting with classmates.

It makes me excited as an educator because I can interact with them as well. Now I can grade their responses in real time and they seem to like the fact that I am replying back to them.

 The Benefits for Me, as an Educator

I know that my students can achieve more and Whooo’s Reading has made it easier for me to push them to work harder. The tool is encouraging them to really think about what the questions are asking and to answer them appropriately.

I have shared Whooo’s Reading with other educators and am working to share it with more. I am hoping my school will soon try the fundraising side of Learn2Earn and that I can help lead the way in that.

In just the few weeks that my class has been using the site I am seeing much more out of my students with reading. What is even better is they’re bringing that knowledge to our classroom discussions, which has been wonderful. I can’t wait to see where Learn2Earn takes us next. I know it will be somewhere great!

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