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Reading silently
Sat Jun 13, 2015 14:44

My middle school gave us 20 minutes a day to read anything we wanted. It was called "SSR" (silent sustained reading) and we couldn't work on homework or talk, it was 20 minutes of just reading. Looking back, I think this is a really good opportunity my school gave us. I think it's great you want to encourage these types of activities with your future students! I know I enjoyed it when I was given the opportunity.

  • Silent Reading - tatem1, Sat Jun 13 14:31
    What really stuck out to me this week was when I learned that silent reading comprehension is the ultimate purpose of reading instruction. From my experience in classrooms, teachers seem to focus... more
    • Re: Silent Reading - coxdm, Sat Jun 13 21:45
      I find that both reading aloud and reading silently have their own benefits. In the first grade classroom I interned in, the students were encouraged to read aloud every time they read. This was to... more
    • Silent Reading - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 13 20:31
      I learned the same thing! I knew that silent reading was important, but this is the first week that I really understand its value. The goal is not necessarily how many words per minute a student can... more
    • RE: Silent Reading - Nicholas Flippen, Sat Jun 13 19:48
      I think the goal of reading aloud is to eventually reach a point where the student can read independently and silently and comprehend what they've read. That's why we give students materials at their ... more
    • Not 100% on board - whitemb2, Sat Jun 13 18:21
      See I can understand that silent reading is the ultimate goal and you have to master that skill to get anywhere in school, however I don't believe it guarantees reading comprehension. I am an adult... more
      • RE: not 100% on board - tatem1, Sat Jun 13 19:19
        I see your point. I don't think silent reading guarantees comprehension. What I understood from watching the first lecture video this week was that silent reading can facilitate comprehension more so ... more
    • Silent Reading Reply - parsonkl, Sat Jun 13 15:00
      I feel giving independent reading time is a great idea! I feel the same way, and have really felt like independent reading is just as important as reading aloud. I love reading aloud to students, and ... more
    • Response to Silent Reading - Mary Carsley, Sat Jun 13 14:49
      I found this very interesting, too. But as a teacher, we need to know if our students can actually read or not...I guess that's where the reading aloud part comes in. I love your idea of having time... more
      • RE: Silent Reading - tatem1, Sat Jun 13 15:02
        I love the DEAR activity you implement in your classroom. Thanks for sharing, I will be using it in the future. I agree that it is tricky. If students don't read aloud how do we know they can read?... more
    • Reading silently - brawleyeo, Sat Jun 13 14:44
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