Independent reading tips and a giveaway!
By Alex on June 29th, 2012
As you already know from Dana’s post, we here at Scholastic are very excited about the launch of Jennifer Serravallo’s newest program, Independent Reading Assessment: FICTION. I was lucky enough to catch up with Jennifer and ask her for some tips that will help teachers and parents when it comes to independent reading for their children.
Here’s what she had to say:
●Remember that successful independent reading isn’t just about having kids sit and read – teachers should be teaching WHILE kids read. Conferences and small group instruction are essential, and you’ll see the most growth when the work you’re doing with students is focused on a clear goal.
●Make sure you make time – no less than 30 minutes a day of in-class sustained reading for grades K and 1, and 40 minutes for grades 2 and up. Students should spend another 15-30 min at home each night reading.
●Have a plan for how kids will borrow and return books from the classroom library. Teachers should be ready for books to be taken home each night; know that books might get lost or ripped. Try to be at peace knowing your kids are READING.
●Kids need lots of time to practice reading – lots of time – in order to get to be stronger, more independent readers.
●Also consider having parent-involved book clubs in your classroom, where parents can come in for one morning each month to talk about books with their children and children’s friends. Let parents know why you want them to read at home, and give them some ideas for ways to strike up conversation with their children at home. A parent letter is included in the Independent Reading Assessment.
Want more to hear more expert advice and tips from Jennifer? Be sure to check out the rest of Jennifer’s interview in the Fall issue of Instructor.
GIVEAWAY: Enter for the chance to win an Independent Reading Assessment: FICTION kit for your school (choice of grade level!) To enter, just leave a comment about your thoughts on independent reading and be sure to include your email address on this blog post, or tweet using the #IndependentReadingAssessment hashtag by July 9, 2012. Must be 18 or over and a legal US resident to enter. Find the complete rules here. GOOD LUCK!