I've been thinking, a lot, since CCIRA last weekend, about how to help kids grow reading hearts, or become more engaged in their reading. I think it's so, so, so critical. Engagement is something we struggle with a lot at our school, partly, I think, because the kids don't see lots of the adults that matter to them reading outside of school, and partly, I think, because we are spending so dang much time testing and getting kids ready to test, that we don't spend enough time helping kids fall in love with reading. I started a conversation with our teachers about this on Friday, and have been thinking about how I know when kids are engaged as readers.
An engaged reader:
1) Can read for increasingly longer periods of time.
2) Is more focused on their book, and hopefully less fidgety and/or able to be distracted during independent reading time.
3) Doesn't want to quit when reading time is over.
4) Chooses to read at other times throughout the day.
5) Can easily talk about favorite books, authors, genre.
6) Chooses to read all of the books in a series or all of the books by an author.
7) Encourages other people to read books he/she has just finished.
8) Has strong emotional reactions to books.
9) Wants to talk about his/her reading.
10) Plans for a reading "future," can talk about books he/she plans to read, keeps a list of books to read
11) Asks to borrow books from me, or visit the library or bookstore.
12) Brings books to share with others, e.g. significant adults or friends.
13) Takes books home whether or not they HAVE to, or reads longer than they have to.
14) Enjoys read aloud time.
I'd love to start a conversation or hear other people's thoughts on this topic.