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Troops Tackle Reading at Riverdale Heights

Posted September 30th, 2016

Reading, thinking, and sharing ideas about books helps students at Riverdale Heights focus on this year’s reading goal.  The staff is fostering a love of reading in each and every child, in hopes of seeing a year or more of growth in each student’s ability – but staff knows to do that, students first need to love reading.  That’s why the first Troops Lesson was all about students and their favorite books.

Like in all of our schools, students at Riverdale Heights gather in small groups of all ages lead by a staff member that is likely not their teacher.  These groups give students the opportunity to mentor, support, and learn from each other outside the typical classroom.  Riverdale Heights calls its groups Troops!  Each student brought in their favorite book. Then with a roll of the dice, answered a question about the book – who’s the main character? what’s the problem in the story? where does it take place?  These questions helped students talk about the book and share thoughts and ideas with their Troops and inspire others to find a new favorite book.  Check out the photos above and the video of the discussion below!

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