Over the years, I’ve played around with different ways to engage students with reading and writing and if I had to label myself I would be more a writing teacher than a reading teacher. Sure, I assign novels and we discuss as a class and engage in activities, but I feel like the actual remediation and teaching of reading skills falls to the wayside at the high school level due to time, due to our diverse and numerous clients, and due to lack of specific training. To remedy this, I have recently been reading a lot about the teaching of reading. What habits can we help students to develop as readers and how can we best do this? How can we get students to engage with an assigned or canonical text and overcome their innate tendency to disengage just because it’s “for school” or they’ve heard it’s “hard”?
I’m going to be posting reading-related tips here as I find them.
Today’s tip: Set a clear purpose for reading, and give students options. Students find meaning in the text when they’re clear about why they’re reading other than because it’s assigned work for a class.