February 1st, 2023, is World Read Aloud Day! April 12th will be D.E.A.R. Day. Drop Everything and Read Day was created to celebrate U.S. author Beverly Cleary. These days are great to do with your classroom, school, and community.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of World Read Aloud Day. TeacherGoals is celebrating in style with a free virtual event. The two-hour session is jam-packed with read-aloud from four amazing authors, including New York Times best-selling authors Adam Wallace (How to Catch a Dinosaur) and Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot). By registering for their event, you will receive an activity book, a poster of the schedule, coloring book pages, and more. It begins at 11:00 am-1:00 pm EST on Wednesday, February 1st.

Sign up today – it’s totally free! Click here to sign up for the TeacherGoals World Read Aloud Day 2-hour LIVE Event!

Scholastic also has many resources, with many book choices you can select from to use to host a day for yourself. Many other resources are available to help you provide this opportunity to all our young and those young-at-heart readers to enjoy a great reading day.

5 Benefits of Reading Aloud in Your Classroom

Bonus** Reading Aloud lets us share together the joyful memories stories can bring!

Suppose I share with you why reading is so important to me. My parents did not know how to read. I did not experience the bedtime stories, having books read to me or experience all of those things families should be doing with children to enjoy reading.

Now, do not feel sorry for me. My parents purchased many, many books to fill up our home. Education was their priority, and they listened to me read daily. I am sure I made mistakes, but we enjoyed the time together as we looked at the pictures and talked about the stories. I worked hard in school to learn as much as I could about reading. It was not as easy for me as others, but they did not know my story. I was not letting anyone read it, either.

I hope you can sign up to join World Read Aloud Day! My grandson and I will be reading that day! We have story time each day, but we will change our schedule a little that day to see if we can catch a time to join in. He will be heading to Kindergarten next year, but we like reading stories! We may read a few of our own to record to share. Enjoy reading aloud every chance you can! Let us know if you have a reading day, and we would love to join in! We would be happy to share a few of our stories too!

What is on your reading list?

Can you imagine if you were told what books you could and could not read? You go to the checkout at the bookstore or the library and are told, “I am sorry, this is not at your reading level.” You were so excited about reading the book, and you were denied.

The most significant way we turn our students off to reading is by narrowing their abilities to select what they want to read. I was a huge fan of programs that helped to steer students into a path to keep them reading and measuring their levels. It promised to help students make gains in reading. We are always looking for those magic wands and programs to enhance skills to demonstrate growth.

The reading diet of our students today seems to be unhealthy. They are not making the gains in reading, and it is not because educators are not working hard to deliver curriculum and get through the massive demands. We are asking teachers and students to do many things to check their completed boxes, add additional tasks, and forget about the joy of teaching and the love of learning.

Cultivating the love of reading can be done with several different approaches and ideas. There are many ways to promote reading, but we must remind ourselves that the world has significantly changed, and we need to adjust. We do not need to change our core values or standards; it is in how to approach the energy, technology, and innovative ways to capture and engage.

One of the things I did as a teacher way back in the late 90s was to turn a textbook for Social Studies into a student-led project of making a radio show about history. Students selected the chapters based on the topics of what they were interested in and they created the script. Then they developed the tasks to complete, questions to ask, and the assessments to check for understanding. All of us enjoyed it, and we recorded it to share with others.

Create your ways to generate ideas to bring love and joy to reading! Could you share with us your creative ideas?

Reading is vital to me as an individual, mother, grandmother, teacher, and leader. I want children to love reading. The more you read, the more you know and learn.

My parents could not complete school and, therefore, could not read. This had a significant impact on my life, and I felt it as a young child. Going to school, the teacher read nursery rhymes to us. Most of the children knew all of them, but I did not. I felt nervous instantly.

Children sitting in your classroom may feel more than nervous; they can be fearful, stressed, and uncertain. Our children have faced trauma issues in some form over the past decade. Many are more severe than others, but trauma's effects still exist in every classroom across our country.

When I was a child, we often had to take turns reading out loud for the class. You knew when it would be your turn and if you struggled with reading all you could do was think about when it would be your turn. Could you read all of the words? You would look at the paragraph and try to make sure you could do it. So all of the material that was being read, you had no idea what it was about.

It is my hope we are not still doing this round-robin kind of reading. This style of reading turns students off from reading, but also of the content they need to learn. Children who are in a state of fear and trauma, will retrieve information differently from the world than one that is calm.

As a teacher, I know the importance of the development of fluency. Fluency affects comprehension, so how can we access fluency without doing a round-robin?

Struggling readers spend much time learning about how to read and not enough time reading. Having time to read books for the joy of reading is what we want to instill in all our students. We want them to pick up books and read them.

In my classroom, we had books, recording devices, and reading areas. I was blessed with volunteers who would come to help in the school. The kids enjoyed reading to them and also recording to hear themselves reading. It is compelling.

“Begin with the end in mind.”-Dr. Stephen R. Covey Is a great quote I have used often when talking about school improvement, goal setting, lesson planning, taking a trip, or anything to do with a destination. Have you ever used it for Reading?

I am curious to ask if anyone begins reading a book by reading the end first. I recently read that some people like to read the end of the book first before they start. What?

If you are reading a suspense and mystery book, why would you read the end first?

If you are writing a book, do you think about the book's ending first? Do you plan it out, wanting it to end in a certain way? Do you write the last chapter first?

I have never thought about the end of the book being the beginning of my reading. The end of the book is the end of the story; if I begin with the end of the story, why do I begin the story? It seems like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

Please let me know if you begin with the end or begin with the beginning. Do tell me the why behind your reasons for your choice, because I am curious. I am really seeking to understand this reading backward if it exists.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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