Month: January 2019

15 Ways to Bring More Reading Into the Classroom

Independent reading is at the core of my teaching.  As a class we read 3 texts together–two novels and one Shakespeare play–and the rest of what students learn center around books of their choice. I had this shift in perspective about 5 years ago when I realized that my students were reading very little, including the required books that the district set forth.  I wanted students to fall in love with reading, to see just how rewarding it could be.  Once independent reading was implemented, my students read more than I ever imagined.  If your students are struggling with reading, or they read but you know they should be reading more, give any of these ideas a try. 1.  Speed Date Looking to have students try different genres and authors?  Try this. I do this at the beginning of each year and when we begin book clubs. It’s a fun way to have students try new genres and authors. 2.  Book talks / book trailers Every Monday, I book talk a book or two that I …