"In the quest to build capable readers, promoting independent, self-selected reading remains key. Creating ravenous, lifelong readers doesn’t just happen, it takes a schoolwide culture to help reach that goal.
We want kids to read more. We want them to enjoy reading. We know that reading builds vocabulary, fluency, and background knowledge.
So let’s do our part to promote and encourage independent reading across our schools. Listed below are 25 tips and ideas to help your school or district create a schoolwide reading culture that supports independent reading."
Reading skills improving thanks to schools scheme Wednesday, October 10, 2012South Wales Evening PostFollow THOUSANDS of young people have "significantly improved" their reading skills, thanks to a schools programme aimed at improving literacy.
More than 2,000 young people who have received two school terms of Eight Reading Behaviours teaching were tested and all were found to have improved reading skills.
The pupils, aged eight to 14, were tested last December and again in June this year to discover their reading age, which had improved by more than expected.
Stephanie Vaughan, Swansea Council's English and literacy advisor to schools, said: "We have changed the way teachers work with children and have encouraged parents to read at home in different ways.
"Before some children were able to learn and recite words from the page of a book but did not understand what those words or phrases actually meant, giving them little educational benefit.
"The Eight Reading Behaviours are easy to understand strategies to make children more active readers.
"They can include encouraging children to picture the text in their head, to ask questions and to make suggestions about what is happening in the story. They help pupils better understand what's on the page in front of them.
"Pupils are given the skills to read independently and encouraged to become critical readers, who can make judgements, form opinions and read between the lines. They are also able to select and summarise information.
"This way pupils enjoy reading more and read in ways which help them t
A new reading campaign has been launched to help teachers and parents engage children in literature. Pearson's 'Enjoy Reading' drive comes on the back of research which found that 77 per cent of those in secondary teacher roles say that children's attention spans in the classroom on starting school are shorter than ever before. And an even more comprehensive 97 per cent of those in English teaching jobs believe parents could do more to encourage reading for pleasure at home. This point of view is supported fully by the National Literacy Trust's report, 'Children's Reading Today', which last month revealed that only 30 per cent of children read daily outside class. The importance of reading was underlined in July by the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who said that "reading with confidence is the basis of a good education and to unlocking everything the school curriculum has to offer". In order to boost reading among young people, Pearson is launching a number of initiatives under the 'Enjoy Reading' banner, including a new national reading competition for schools, a hub for parents and thousands of free books for children. "Study after study has shown that reading for pleasure is a key indicator of future success for children, but demands on children's attention and the difficulty of inspiring reluctant readers mean many are missing out," commented Rod Bristow, president of Pearson. "The 'Enjoy Reading' campaign is designed to support parents and schools to inspire children of all abilities to read." Pearson's survey also revealed that 84 per cent of teachers need tools to help encourage reading online and part of its campaign will involve working with playwright Frank Cottrell-Boyce on the Heroes series of books, which incorporate state-of-the-art digital teaching resources "to inspire even the most reluctant reader and take advantage of children's love of going online".
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