Learning to read is a journey.
Take a moment to think back to your school days. What evidence do you have of that special journey?
A test? A book report? Maybe a diorama?
Perhaps you answered yes to all of those, but how meaningful were these to you?
(I know…your diorama was the bomb…got it)
And did you ever set them all out at the end of the year to reflect on and celebrate the journey?
I suspect both questions would elicit negative answers (except for the diorama…I know).
So how can we as teachers create meaningful reading experiences for our students that give them an opportunity to look back on the journey and reflect on the success and celebrate it?
One possible way is a reading portfolio.