Higher achieving students read more! Make sure your students are READING A LOT! Reading a lot is MORE THAN scheduling a daily time for silent reading. It is MORE THAN establishing a number of pages or books to read. In order to be effective, it must consist of (1) careful reading (2) of a large volume of text in and out of school (3) at gradually increasing levels of difficulty (4) with personalized accountability. This is particularly helpful for our ELLs an has huge impact on their English acquisition.
Teachers must provide daily scaffolded silent reading instruction, defined as noted above, and must create opportunities that will motivate students.
Stay tuned for Student Support Services’ ‘Battle of the Books: Teachers vs. Students!’