Reducing the load: 6 tips to promote reading growth
By Lisa Lysne, Senior Product Marketing Manager
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
There seems to be a Dr. Seuss quote for every occasion in life. Research shows that reading leads students to college, career, and life success. It opens doors and provides students numerous opportunities in life. Oh, the places you’ll go! However, promoting accountable reading practice with a diverse classroom full of students each day is difficult. From matching appropriate reading materials to each student to getting them to read in the first place takes time—time you don’t always have. So how do you do make time each day? How do you make sure students are engaged?
To try and save you time by providing some helpful tips, we asked our Renaissance Royals™ community how they promote reading growth in their classrooms and highlighted a few of our favorites below:
1. “We have a 90-minute reading block in which we give guided reading practice, small group reading practice, and individual reading time. During the literacy group time, I work with students based upon specific skills which need mastery by those students. The literacy group time is an additional 40-minute reading block we devote to ELA Instruction.”
Teacher, Gamewell Elementary School
Lenoir, North Carolina
2. “My reading practice time is the first 20 minutes of the day and then another 20-minute segment during my rotations and then they are instructed to read whenever they are finished with the other activities on the daily agenda. We have our small group lesson and then we discuss what each student has recently read and what they are planning to read next. I give advice or suggestions on how to grow as a reader.”
Teacher, Columbia Elementary School
3. “Always, there is a 30-minute period dedicated to uninterrupted independent reading. Then centers are in place for students to practice certain skills they need as identified through guided reading or class testing. Students who like to partner read are given strategies to help them become stronger readers together.”
Teacher, Davenport A+ Elementary School
Lenoir, North Carolina
4. “I look at the material provided and what my class/groups need and make adjustments as needed. I also elicit help from our librarian to access additional books if needed. Renaissance often has articles for students that are based on the topic or skill that I can incorporate into the lessons as well. Group students according to needs and find resources for them to use.”
Teacher, Mason Elementary School
Grand Blanc, Michigan
5. “I use mini lessons to teach phonics skills and reading strategies. The mini lessons are approximately 5–7 minutes in length. I meet with all my students individually or in small groups of 2–3. The length of the meetings varies depending on their skill level. I meet with the students with the greatest needs for 10–15 minutes every day. We work on reading and phonics skills, set goals, and create a plan for achieving their goals. Our reading culture is very cohesive and seamless from grade level to grade level.”
Teacher, Endeavor Elementary School
6. “We have a scheduled DEAR (drop everything and read) time daily. I provide them with a multitude of books to choose from. As they master a level, I increase the difficulty. We encourage reading in all grade levels and reward their successes individually and as a group.”
Teacher, St. James Catholic School
North Miami, Florida
How do you facilitate reading practice in your classroom? Do you do use any of the strategies mentioned above? What do you do different? Let us know in the comments below, post on our Facebook, or tweet us at @RenLearnUS!
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