A few posts back I wrote about getting my students started on a new round of book clubs. One of the choices I made was to have groups sign up for discussions twice a week instead of having a “discussion day.” Upon reflection I have to say this was PURE GENIUS! I have been able to sit in on all discussions, guide groups to have deeper discussions, make more informed assessments, and feel like I’m a part of what my students are doing. I will never go back to “discussion day” again. Because groups are meeting twice a week they are also moving through the books more quickly, which means that they are reading more. Fantastical.