How to create purposeful silent reading in our classrooms

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How to create purposeful silent reading in our classrooms

For some of our students, silent reading can feel like a total drag. But as teachers, we know that silent reading time is important. So, how do we get our students to buy in? How do we create purposeful silent reading in our classrooms? Tune in to hear what I did to transform silent reading time for my students.


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Hey there, fellow educators and book lovers! Welcome back to Let's Chat Teaching, your go-to podcast for all things classroom-related. I'm your host, Nicole Sanders, and today we're diving deep into the world of silent reading.

Now, I don't know about you, but I believe that silent reading is an essential part of any classroom, whether you're teaching elementary school or high school. It's a time for students to immerse themselves in the magical world of books, but it's also a time that should be purposeful and meaningful.

But before we dive into how to create purposeful silent reading time in your classroom, let me take you back to my own experience with silent reading as a student. Back in middle school, I dreaded those silent reading sessions. Why? Because I had no idea how to find a good book! The struggle was real, my friends. But fast forward to today, and we're living in a golden age of literature. There are so many amazing books out there just waiting to be discovered by our students.

So, how do we make silent reading more purposeful? Well, let me share with you some strategies that I've found to be effective in my own classroom.

First up, we have what I like to call "teacher chat." This is where students sign up to have a one-on-one conversation with me about the book they're reading. It's a chance for them to share their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in some meaningful literary discussion. Not only does this hold them accountable for their reading, but it also helps me gauge their comprehension and interests.

Next, we have a variety of post-reading activities that students can choose from once they've finished a book. These include things like writing a book review, creating a poster about the book's characters and conflicts, or even writing a letter to the author with questions or feedback. These activities not only encourage critical thinking and reflection but also allow students to showcase their creativity. You can actually grab my book review freebie to use with your students here.

And let's not forget about the importance of access to good books. Our librarians are an invaluable resource, and we should never hesitate to tap into their knowledge and expertise. They can help us discover new and exciting titles that will captivate our students and keep them coming back for more.

But perhaps the most important thing to remember is that silent reading should never feel like a chore. It should be a time for students to escape into the pages of a book, to explore new worlds, and to discover the joy of reading. And as teachers, it's our job to foster that love of literature and make silent reading a truly enriching experience for our students.

So, there you have it, folks. Silent reading doesn't have to be a dull and meaningless activity. With a little creativity and some thoughtful planning, we can turn it into a time of exploration, discovery, and sheer enjoyment.

If you're looking for some free activities to spice up your silent reading sessions, be sure to check out the links in the show notes. And as always, I'd love to hear from you! Drop me a message on Instagram or shoot me an email with your own ideas and strategies for making silent reading purposeful in your classroom.


Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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