Kari and I shared a Google Doc and added all our online finds and ideas and after about two weeks, we completed our plan, promotions, and layout for Book Speed Dating 2014.
The Promotion and Layout We made a variety of small and large posters and hung them in the English Hallways.
Finally, the students in English 9 came during their choice reading time, with an ID and a pencil in hand.After hearing the overview of how Book Speed Dating would roll, the students launched into the books at the sound of the browse buzzer.After locating a possible match, each student settled in to “get to know” their book for a four-minute read. After surfing the web and stalking wonderful librarian blogs, I came up with many already tried-and-true components in support of this event; then I did some hard core recruiting of my most avid student and staff readers. In looking for ways to celebrate Library Lover’s month in February, I decided to jump on the Book Speed Dating train.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian, Mrs.Kirr’s Genius Hour Blogspot, and mrsreaderpants for the book speed dating resources provided on their blogs.The Definition and the Plan Book Speed Dating, as a program, provides readers with multiple rounds of five minutes each to explore and read from a selection of books in a variety of genres.Two days each week, our students have 90-minute block classes.During these block days, the English Language Arts students have choice reading time so offering Book Speed Dating on these days seemed like a good match to me.Additionally, I commandeered my student assistant, who was the most voracious reader of the bunch, to be my co-organizer.