Don’t back yourself into a reading corner

12th October 2018 at 00:00

Nobody puts reading in the corner. Or they shouldn’t, anyway – pupils can enjoy reading anywhere in the classroom, says primary teacher Ian Goldsworthy.

Reading corners have graced many a classroom over the past few years. And while the reading corners of yore may have gathered dust and leaking beanbags, a new trend fuelled by the one-upmanship of social media has developed: the reading corner as an art installation.

You, like many others across the UK, may have spent your summer holidays lovingly creating a reading corner that wouldn’t look out of place in a window display at Selfridges.

We’ve all seen the huge oak trees, shiny spaceships and jungle fortresses on Twitter, and, yes, they’re impressive to your followers and your fellow teachers. But to kids? Well, they’re less bothered.

You see, kids these days are fickle creatures. They’ll spend a day, or even two, enjoying your replica of the Library of Alexandria (made entirely from crepe paper and double-side sticky tape) before they lose interest in the sculpture and the books on its shelves.

Of course we all want to instil a passion of reading in our young pupils, and how we do that is simple, says Goldsworthy. Open a book. There’s no need to dress a book up as anything other than what it is; a teleporter across space and time.


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