|Readers Cafe in action|
"Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably"
The opening of the restaurant is the final goal, but as is often the case with learning, it's more about the destination.
|Practicing the books|
Before even thinking about opening up the Cafe, the students had a lot of work to do. I partnered them up, trying to build new friendships and keeping reading levels heterogeneously mixed. From there, each partnership chose three picture books. I told them that all three books should last no less than twenty minutes together, but there would be no maximum time. For a few days, we practiced just reading the books, focusing on fluency, pronunciation, and expression.
|Note the questions chart|
Following this practice, we began on working on the Cafe jobs. There are four jobs in Readers Cafe:
|Host greeting our principal|
- Host - Greets the customers, shows them to their seats, keeps track of time, and dismisses the customers.
- Waiter - Takes the orders from the customers to the chefs and brings it back. They also help in dismissing the customers.
- Chef - Fills the orders (goldfish, pretzels, and animal crackers) when the waiters bring it to them. They are also responsible for making sure the food bowls stay filled.
- Bus Person - Clears the plates after the customers have eaten, washes the dishes, and returns it to the chefs. They also fill in if a host or waiter is absent.
|Waitress helping with an order|
|Chefs filling the snacks|
|Busboy rinsing dishes|
|Family Day at Readers Cafe|
|Reading to our Head of Instructional Technology|
|Teacher getting into the book|