Eighth period. 3:08 -- 4:00.
I gave them an ultimatum of sorts: "Reach 45% of your Accelerated Reader (A.R. henceforth) by this date, or you will enroll yourself in 8th period." On the first day of 8th period 45 students enrolled themselves in reading and A.R. quizzing after school four days a week. A few have balked, earning themselves lunch detentions and school currency fines, which escalate daily in the event of non-payment, but for the most part they report on time and do the reading that was previously not happening. We spread out over the entire library, kids in chairs, on floors, on radiators, upside down, under tables, hiding in corners, reading. I man the circulation desk and scan the Web for analysis of the alma mater's basketball prospects, wondering if this qualifies me for intervention funding.
And it's weird, but with all that practice and time put into reading, they are, um, improving. Who knew?