I have a confession to make.
I am addicted to books.
There. I said it.
I am addicted to books of all kinds - novels, self-help books, cookbooks, picture books, teaching books, anthologies of various kinds, ebooks... The list goes on...
When I think back to my childhood, this love for books started very young with me, and was encouraged by those around me as time went on. (I should also add here that Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" may have had something to do with it - oh, how I envied her library!)
I spent much of my childhood planning to be a writer, a dream which I am fulfilling as I type this very blog post!
The point of all of this is the following - had I not been encouraged to read, I can't say that my love for books, reading, and writing would have been what it is today. Now, I know that very few of the students in our classrooms are going to grow up to become book-loving English teachers who blog on the side, but they can grow into an enjoyment of reading! That's where we come in!
Independent reading should and can be a part of every student's day, EVERY DAY. They should have time during school for reading to get a brain break and quiet their minds, and they should be encouraged to maintain the habit of reading outside of school.
Here are 3 tips for making independent reading work in your classroom...
Have a tip or two of your own? Share them in the comments below!