Teacher Review For Goodreads

A great place to hang out and live in the world of books and book lovers.

Larry J.
Classroom teacher
El Diamante High School
Visalia, CA
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
While I don't use this site in my classroom, I do use it with my students. In fact, a former student invited me to join a few years ago because she knew that I'm a reader and wanted to keep up with my latest reads. I've found that students who read like the site because it makes them feel like they're a part of a community. It allows me to maintain a list of books that I think students might like, one that they can access anytime. I've also created a group for my AP classes where they can go to find ideas for their lit circle books. In the past, I'd have a running list in my head that I could draw from when recommending books to people. Now that I have a group on the site, I can send students there to find something that appeals to their interests. The book is then a click away for them.
My Take
With so many other media available, books can get lost. This site is a great place to keep track of what you've read and find your next five books. It can also serve as a memory jogger. The fact that it doesn't have separate sections for adults and children is potentially problematic, but I've yet to hear about any problems (we book people tend to be a harmless sort). For me, the site is less about teaching and more about sharing, about creating a community of readers.