Today’s modern day classroom has many ways to get students’ attention. You have ipads, computers, online books, and much more. Not to mention how pressed the teacher is for time. So my question is, do you still read to your students? I am not talking about little passages or modeling how to read a sentence. I am talking about to do you actually take a chapter book and read for a certain amount of time to your students each day? I want to make sure that I am not alone. That I am not the only teacher out there that takes time, whether it be 5 or 10 minutes, to read a book to my students.
I know schedules are so tight, and it takes everything you’ve got to get the lessons in each day. I struggle with this too. However, I do not let it prevent me from having some downtime with my students. I choose a book a week to read to my students. i try to choose books that is above grade level, but it still comprehensible to the students. I also try to choose books that go along with the season. For example, it is now October so I am reading “Goose Bumps, How I Got My Shrunken Head,” by R.L. Stine. The kids are so into it, and can’t get enough. My students absolutely love for me to read to them, and actually look forward to it each day. I try to read to them right after lunch when we are transitioning from coming from lunch, and gong back into our studies. It kind of gives them a breather. It also gives us time to have conversations about the book. We make predictions about what is going to happen next, we talk about the characteristics of the characters, and relate it to things that go on in our personal lives. The conversations are really good, and engages the students tremendously.
I found a blog that is managed by two third grade teachers called, “A Year of Reading.” This blog caught my attention because it is 2 teachers who post several great books that are great for third grade. The latest posts that was put up by the teachers is where they had several third grade classes vote on their favorite graphic novels. They narrowed it down to ten novels. The teachers were in agreement that these novels were very hot, and was being read like crazy in their classrooms. the teachers names are Marcia Lee and Tracey Holm. The link to the blog is below.
Sometimes I feel like I am wasting time when I sit down to read to my students because I could think of a hundred more things that I could be doing, but when I talk to my past students and as them what they liked most about my class they always include that I read to them. That is all the reassurance that I need to know that I am doing the right thing. I want the students to know that reading can be fun and entertaining.