Sunday, September 6, 2015

Establishing a Community of Readers

Both when I was a classroom teacher and in all my years as a reading specialist, I have students who lack confidence in themselves as readers. So, one of my goals has always been to make students gain confidence as readers. The main reason for this is because I do not want them to think learning to read is too hard and just give up. I not only want to help them become readers, but I also want them to learn to love reading and to feel confident as readers.  Check out some of the things I do in my room that you can also (hopefully easily) implement as well to help your little readers grow! :)


 Letting your students know and realize that they are readers and can read is so important. I don't let my readers get away with saying "I can't read" because it just isn't true! I love our "we are readers" sign with each reader's signature on there, it really creates a community of readers in our room! Each reader also made their own "loves to read about" banner to hang up by our sign. We talked as a group about the different things each reader enjoys! You can check this activity out here.

There are so many amazing books out there that encourage readers of all ages! I highly recommend any and all of these books to be read at the beginning of the year.

As teachers we all know how meaningful it is to be super enthusiastic. It really gets everyone more excited about whatever it is you are about to do together. By simply talking about reading throughout each day, you will notice a difference in how excited your readers get about reading each day!

Being a reading specialist, my theme each year is simple: READING! I think it is a great idea to encourage readers all day through things hanging on your wall. If it's important to you, it will be important to them too! You can grab the reading posters (on the upper right) for free here. You can also grab the poster (another freebie) from the bottom left from the super sweet Mrs B's First Grade.

This is something so simple to do once you get in a routine with it...but all it is: call your students your readers! This again makes a world of a difference in helping them realize that they are READERS!

 Another way to get your readers excited about and interesting in reading is through reading profiles/student interest surveys.  These are great to do at the beginning of the year. I recommend meeting with small groups or individually with each reader to talk about their favorite topics, characters, etc. It will tell you lots about your little readers. I absolutely loved used these reading profiles this year- you can grab this amazing Reading Profile freebie from Stomping Through First!

Have a great day!
Aylin


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