Heresy, you say?
Hear me out before you brand me a traitor to writer-kind.
With a lot of kids, I'm thrilled when they want to read something that's not required by a teacher. At my last school, we had a small amount of dedicated reading time every day, regardless of what class they were in at that time. Sometimes I had a class of reluctant readers, and any time they didn't put they books away the second reading time ended, I didn't mind letting them carry on a bit.
There are kids at the other end of the spectrum, though. Kids who always want to read. Some of them know how to prioritize. They pay attention to lessons, work hard to get their tasks done so they'll have a bit of free time to read at the end of class.
That's fine by me.
But some kids don't have that self-control. Some will read straight through class unless someone steps in and stops them.
That someone would be me. The big, mean, book-closing teacher.
Forgive me, my fellow bibliophiles, but kids need more than books ... they need math, too. Among other things.
Any suggestions on helping certain students see that need for balance?