Mystery Reader

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  1. Touchthefuture

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    Hi all,
    This will be my 5th teaching 2nd grade. During my first few years I had a mystery reader program where parents came in once a month to read. It was a secret who was coming but I gave clues to see if they could guess. I did not do it last year as the year before I had no parents sign up. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get them to participate? I know parents work but it is one day and I even allow older siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles to come in too.
     
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    Guests

    Some years you will get parents who are less than ideally motivated. We have used mystery readers for years. The kids love it when we have guests from the community to read. Consider asking Rotary clubs or other service organizations if they have members who want to read to young children. We've never had a lack of non-parent mystery readers. Good luck!
     
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    I think this is a GREAT idea! I will probably have few parental participation, but it's worth a try!
     
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    Hi cruiser, it was not my idea I think I got it from the infamous Beth Newingham website. She should get the credit. If you go there she has templates for signup already made.

    here's a link: http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/
     
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    I've done this for the past 2 years. If I have a week without a parent then I ask other teachers in the building, the principal, assistant principal, superintendent etc. Don't forget about the children's librarian at your local library.
     
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    If a parent couldn't come could you use Skype to have them read it or have them make a video of themselves reading it? Not as good as live, of course, but maybe that would help the participation.
     
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    Skype idea is great too!
     
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    My district would get people like the Mayor of the town, the Superintendent, the principal, people like that
     
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    I do mine 1st thing in the morning and find it helps with working parents.
     
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    Primary teachers in my building have used other teachers, siblings in upper grades, the custodian, school board members, and high school athletes.
     
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    Also, make sure you are flexible about the day and time. Work around their schedules if at all possible.
     
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    I've done Mystery Reader with the 2nd graders in Library for the last 3 years. I do it every Wednesday all year long. It is first thing in the morning which seems to help. I send home a note at the beginning of the year, but I also put reminders in the family newsletter. I put thanks you's to the readers who have participated in the newsletter too. I used Skype several times. I Skyped with an author once. I have older siblings who go to the same school come down and read. I have the specials teachers, the principal, the lunch lady, the custodian, etc... read. I take a picture of the Mystery Reader while they are reading and have a slideshow of all the pictures on the school website. I mail each reader a thank you post card afterward.

    Last year I had a lack of parent volunteers too. Hopefully this year will be better again. Good luck!
     

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