A Culture of Readers
During my first few weeks at CAC, I noticed something very different about our students: many of them were readers. Not the “I have to read so I’m reading” type; instead, several of the then-8th graders were the “Do you mind if I read when we’re finished with this assignment?” type.
Since my first year here, the culture of reading has not changed. Sure, not all students are avid readers— but many are, and that really excites me.
Currently, our English department is working through 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle, and yesterday they discussed the chart referenced below.
The data is clear: time spent reading is never wasted. In fact, time spent reading is critical to our cognitive development. Because it’s so important for our students to be reading, if you ever finish a lesson early or have some downtime in class, give students time to read quietly in class. As the chart above shows, adding 10 minutes a day bears tremendous results.
It’s also important for us to be readers and be role models for our students. Over the next few days, let me encourage you to work in and mention to your students what you’ve recently read, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next.
(and consequently I’m now obsessed with the Charity: Water organization and their goal of providing clean drinking water to every human on the planet).
I’m currently reading two books
I plan to read
So what’s on your list? I’d love to hear it and so would your students. The more we foster our culture of reading and the more we model the importance of reading in our own lives, the more our students will grow.