A leaf out of my book

16th May 2008 at 01:00
To encourage reluctant readers, let them read in class
To encourage reluctant readers, let them read in class. My pupils start every day with five minutes of silent reading. When it's time to start the lesson, I am assailed by mock anger such as: "Oh, no! I was just getting into it." Sometimes, I relent and we read for the whole lesson, especially on rainy days or Fridays.

Pupils also help the librarian order books in library lessons. They look at catalogues and recommend books that the librarian then orders on Amazon. Sometimes pupils are desperate to read the new book and get to take them out before they are accessioned if they have a good return record.

Readership and library usage has increased dramatically. The library is an exciting place now that it is full of popular contemporary fiction.

Reading is like a habit, and like any other learning experience, it is dependent on exposure and positive experiences.

Chester Style is head of English at Finborough School in Great Finborough, Suffolk.

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