I'm turning to the wealth of knowledge here at AtoZ for some advice. I'm introducing Daily 5 for the first time (the students all did Daily 5 last year and some for 2 years now). It's going well and I'm following a basic framework that is outlined in the books and online. My 3rd grade students are building stamina and after 1 week (well 4 days I suppose) they're up to 7 minutes of read to self. During this time, I've been circulating the room and listening to students read. I'm writing down a few informal notes and I know that these will be helpful in the future as we work towards more of the independent goal setting. I'm having an issue though with one of my students. He's unwilling to read aloud to me or any of the aides that have been visiting our Daily 5 time. On Wednesday he completely shut down when I asked him if he would pick out a passage to read to me. By shutdown, I mean he turned away, wouldn't look at me and was completely insubordinate. Then he started distracting other students in an unsafe manner. He was escorted to my Ps office by one of our Title teachers (he's well known in the office for other more serious offenses). The next day he came in and had another chat with the P in the morning. He seemed to be much more respectful and we had a great morning. Daily 5 came around and he wasn't willing to read to me. He shut down again and refused to read period but didn't distract his classmates. Yesterday, he wouldn't read to me but he would at least say, "no" when I gave him options such as reading into a tape recorder, reading to a younger student who was struggling, reading to the P or another teacher, etc. He just enjoyed saying "no" and shooting down all of these options. Finally, I said, "Well, I want you to know that I'm proud of you for still practicing your read to self." He was very excited to tell me that he's not been reading, he just looks at the pictures. To which I replied, "Well fortunately, we learned this week that one way to read a book is by reading pictures." Boy was he embarrassed. Still, I'm not sure that he'll be willing to read to me next week. Does anyone have any suggestions for when a student refuses to comply with reading aloud to you? I need to get something that will work now so this isn't a battle all year. BTW, this student is on a 30 DRA and read aloud to his teacher last year. Apparently there have been problems with him not receiving his meds and his home life is not stable in the least. Next week I'll be starting a behavior plan with him but I'm at a loss for how to treat this specific area.