You may want to make what I call 'highlighter strips'. Take a blank
transparency and cut into fourths. Use a permanent yellow marker and
run it across the top of the transparency. This makes a highlighted
line. When the kids are reading, make them use the highlighter strips
so that you can track who's reading and what part they are reading. You
can also use them for student engagement by asking them to highlight
page numbers, titles, certain elements, vocabulary, etc.
When I taught in the regular classroom I also trained students to start
to read aloud when I would kneel next to them. The wouldn't start a
paragraph over or anything, just quietly start reading aloud where ever
they were at in the text.
You may also want to have groups with roles. Have readers, scribes for
notes, and presenters...etc.
And the last idea might be to have some kids read aloud in class
(volunteers). And if a student chooses not to read, they must summarize
in writing for you at the end of the class. A way of participating
without reading aloud in class.
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] How to get kids to read during class
I am in need of some advise on how to get students to read during class.
This is my second year for having a textbook in my beginning art and
ceramic class. I have a classroom set so the students can't take them
home so any reading that needs to be done is done in class. How is the
best way to handle this. If I tell the students to read most of them
don't. I hesitate at having the students read out loud because I hated
doing that when I was in school but I would be willing to try that if I
know of a way that wasn't so stressful for the kids that didn't read as
well as the others. Any suggestions on how to handle this would really