A new book club has popped up in a local high school in Ottawa, Canada, offering students an opportunity to “read” a book while doing their homework.
The Reading Project has been set up in collaboration with the Ottawa-Gatineau School District, which is a public school district, and offers students access to a reading space in a building at a local school.
“We want to give them an opportunity not only to read, but also to learn,” said Julie Vesely, the school’s associate director for special education and literacy.
“And we want to provide the resources that we need to support them in that process.”
The Reading project started as a way for the school to introduce students to books they might not normally read, and it has since grown to include classes of around 20 students.
Vesey explained that the project started out as a one-off initiative for one student, but has since expanded to a full-fledged learning environment for many students, as the district has also partnered with the Reading Project to help students learn the materials.
The project has been a hit at the school, where Veseer said students have been encouraged to participate in it, which has allowed the district to expand its curriculum.
Students have been invited to learn more about how to create and design their own reading projects, which have also been a huge help in their learning, she said.
The team is currently working on expanding the project to a larger class of students and the staff has also helped with the creation of a program that will help students identify books that will be important to them in the future.
For the first time, Vesele said, the project is looking to incorporate technology into its curriculum, which will allow the students to take home a computer and use it to explore their own work.
“This is an opportunity for them to learn from the books they love and from the ones that are more important to their lives, but that we can’t teach to them because we don’t have the technology to do that,” she said, noting that she hopes the students will also have access to books that they don’t normally read.
“I know that we are still learning how to do this.
I know we have more work to do.”
Students have also found ways to connect with other students who are interested in reading, including through the Reading Club.
Vasey said the Reading club will now offer a variety of activities to help kids become more involved with reading, like the Read a Book Club, a program where students and teachers come together and read a book together.
“As we look to the future, we are excited to continue working with Reading Project students in their efforts to teach literacy to students, and to build the knowledge that is important for our future students,” said Veseyl.
“Reading Project is a great organization, but we need more resources for teachers, administrators, and parents to support their students in learning.”