I heard some good news this morning when I met with our Partee Just Read Team. Some students are not reading during Just Read Time. How can that be good news, you may ask. It is good news because now those teachers know which students need help finding something they can and want to read. It is good news because it means these teachers are actually observing students during Just Read time every day. It is good news because I know those teachers are going to keep trying to connect those students to reading. It is good news because it is never too late to keep trying to help these students find that book that starts them on a reading life.
I heard other good news this morning and I hope to hear more. I want to hear about those students who cannot wait for Just Read time. I want to know what you do during the day to get students excited about reading. Is it a read aloud they loved? Is it a book talk? Did your enthusiasm about a particular author spark their interest? I wonder what strategies you have discovered to help your students settle in to read every day. Please share your successes and struggles so we can help our children grow into readers.
What is your Just Read story so far?