Once teachers voluntarily decide to participate, it is important to keep teachers intentional about their decision without making them feel policed. This involves asking for commitment in the form of a contract then keeping their focus during the year with celebrations and recognition. Read more about commitment...
_"Once teachers unravel the facts from the misinterpretations and opinions, they will find that Sustained Silent Reading is not only intuitively appealing but also is supported by research."
Just Read Stages
We evaluate classroom success based on these stages throughout the school year:
Management- learning the rules, setting the tone, some reading, many interruptions
Routine- routine established, students look like they are reading, little or no interruptions
Engagement-sense of anticipation, feedback indicates students enjoy reading familiar favorites
Growth- increased motivation, new book choices, feedback indicates higher level thinking
Just Read Success
We evaluate the program based on our goals of stamina and engagement. Midyear and end of the year surveys indicate increase of stamina and engagement throughout the year. Teachers also provide anecdotal evidence of individual student successes.
Teachers evaluate their whole class progress as well as individual student engagement. Because teaches are observing students during Just Read time, they are able to recognize students who are not engaged and conference with them individually (not during Just Read Time.) The Just Read team provides conferencing suggestions and encourages students to meet with the school media specialist for reading suggestions.
Just Read classrooms have had consistent proficient reading scores at the schools where it has been implemented.
Just Read Conferencing
Individual Conference suggestions:
Be very private and very positive. Explain they are not getting a grade nor are they in trouble.
Questions you could ask:
I think you are not every interested in the materials you chose for Just Read today.
Why do you think you don’t like these books?
What have you read that you really like?
Let’s see if we can find you some more books like those.
What is something you like to do outside of school?
What NOT to ask:
Is it too hard for you? (Don’t make them feel they have to read baby books.)
Why don’t you like to read (don’t let them think of themselves this way!)