Teacher Review for Goodreads

Not as great as I thought it would be

Linda O.
Classroom teacher
Rundlett Middle School
Concord, United States
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
How I Use It
I love Goodreads for personal reasons and wanted to give it a try in my language arts classroom. I had students sign up for accounts, identify books to put on their "To Read" shelves, identify books they finished, and set a reading goal for the year.
My Take
It was not everything I hoped and dreamed it would be, unfortunately. The kids loved looking through the books and adding them to their shelves. It was just very difficult to manage as a teacher. Ideally, teachers could create classes and students could join those classes (like Google Classroom). That would allow for easier monitoring of book choices, as well as students' posts. There is not enough teacher control in regards to privacy and accessibility to the public. I can't believe Goodreads hasn't created an educator platform yet. I have found I have been able to have the kids do on paper everything I wanted them to do on the site.