Shake up silent reading with this

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Shake up silent reading with this

While Silent Reading is wonderful, after a while, it can start to feel a little stale. If you're feeling that way check out some tips for shaking up silent reading. Tune in to learn more!


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Hey everyone, Nicole Sanders here, your guide through the world of teaching on Let's Chat Teaching. Today, we're diving into one of my favorite topics – shaking up our silent reading routine.

Now, don't get me wrong, silent reading is a crucial part of the day. But let's face it, it can get a bit stale, especially when you've been doing the same thing over and over again. That's where the magic of mixing things up comes in.

I firmly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our students is a love of reading. Sure, we've got a packed curriculum and a million other things to cover, but there's something truly special about instilling that passion for books in our students.

So, how do we keep silent reading fresh and exciting? Well, one trick I've found is to throw in a little read-aloud session every now and then. Picture this – you're in the classroom, the sun is shining, and your students are starting to lose focus. That's when you pull out a novel and start reading, just for the sheer joy of it.

There's no agenda, no lesson plan, just you and your students getting lost in a good story. And let me tell you, the response is always amazing. Students love the chance to relax and listen to a story unfold, especially when it's something they might not have picked up on their own.

Now, I know what you're thinking – we don't have time for this in our curriculum! But trust me, there's more going on here than meets the eye. As you read, you're modeling important skills like critical thinking, vocabulary development, and comprehension strategies. Plus, it's a chance to build community in the classroom as you all bond over the characters and plot twists.

The key is to choose a novel that's engaging and fun, something that will captivate your students from the first page to the last. It could be a classic like "Wonder" by RJ Palacio, or a hidden gem that you discovered on your own.

And here's the best part – watching your students get swept up in the story is pure magic. You'll laugh together, you'll cry together, and you'll come away with a deeper connection than ever before.

So, the next time you're feeling the need to shake things up in your classroom, why not give read-alouds a try? Trust me, you won't regret it.


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



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