Moving into August, I’m thinking about the coming year more and more. I will be teaching some students who struggle to read well, let alone on level, and I want to develop some better strategies to help them improve. One thing I always come back to is independent reading. I value assigned reading, pushing them out of their comfort zones, but I know how important independent reading is for lifelong readers. They have to connect with what they read, and while I will choose things that teach them necessary skills, I want them to keep reading long after my class because they love the characters and the stories, not because they love analyzing diction and syntax.
Here is a wonderful infographic from Kelly Gallagher’s website made by a teacher after one of his workshops that illustrates the importance of reading. We all know it, but this just acts as a beautiful visual reminder of it all.
Infographic pulled from Kelly Gallagher’s site and can be found here.