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How to implement independent reading for every student

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Andrea Turner

on 4 August 2015

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Transcript of How to implement independent reading for every student

Ways to Track/Assess DIR
DIR - Daily Independent Reading
What I've learned:

There IS a reader inside of every child

Your enthusiasm and commitment to the strategy WILL be contagious

stay consistent, stay positive
DIR - Rules For the Teacher
1. The 10 minutes of reading time are sacred, never sacrificed

2. Students choose books based on what they want to read, with
guidance when needed
-be patient!
-encourage them to explore a 30 page minimum

3. Continually build (&rebuild) your classroom library
-provides intimacy, ownership, community

- model the importance and
enjoyment of reading
For the student who STILL hates reading
Daily or Weekly Reading Logs
skills: summarizing, inferring, analyzing character/setting/plot/conflict, connections across multiple texts

Book Talks
skills: speaking and listening

Informal Connections and References to whole class texts, discussions, etc.
Do not give up. Be insistent, but positive.
The book buffet - just read the backs, see what you think
The book "speed dating" session
The "I thought of you when I saw this at McKay"
The "Hey, your BFF in 1st block love this one!"

Once a class truly sees and believes that DIR is permanent, important, and a chance to "escape" in their days, they will all ultimately buy in. Truly.
Benefits and Rewards
Academic and Holistic
Reading endurance & confidence
- for all those high-stakes tests AND for the student who stopped reading because he or she wasn't "good at it"!
Reading communities
- building relationships between and among classes, students, teachers ( you finally have an "in" with that hard-to-reach student)
Increasing text complexity in a low-stakes environment
- carefully guide student selection with increased text complexity in mind
Increasing speaking & listening skills
through informal sharing and discussion of books.

For the student who "hates reading"
It's ok! Be patient!
In fact, it's a great opportunity to get him or her re-acquainted with a fantastic book.

Questions to ask
: Favorite movies, music, video games, hobbies, etc. Find out what they do for fun, and there will be a book to cover it!

Quickest win authors
For males: Walter Dean Myers
For females: Laurie Halse Anderson
For both: John Green

How to Encourage Independent Reading for

A Strategy Built Around Research
Emergent Theme from Recent Literature:
importance of student choice
Wolk (2009)
Teaching social responsibility
with Young Adult Literature
Linderholm (2006)
Reading with a Purpose
About Me & My Resources
Knoxville native
Graduate of UTK
Action Research focus on adolescent independent reading habits
6th year teacher - Fulton and Central High

Access a bundle of resources on today's topic
from my DropBox folder:

Mrs. Andrea Keck Turner
research available in DropBox folder
A series WAY better than
What has or hasn't worked for you in past reading strategies?

What books have had high popularity in your room?

What concerns you about implementing a strategy like DIR?

What opportunities and obstacles do you foresee?
Let's take some time to share, reflect,
and ask questions.
Book "Speed Dating"!
Let's start by Speed Dating with some eligible and enticing Young Adult Literature!
A great way to get reluctant readers interested and introduce more avid readers to a wide range of texts
can be differentiated for Honors with a mix of classic literature titles, or lower lexile level texts for SpEd/Inclusion/ELL classrooms
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