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I'm a speech therapist in public schools

Wonderful suggestions! You

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Wonderful suggestions!

You asked, "how do you cultivate a love of reading?" I use books with my students in speech therapy sessions and they seem to "catch" my love of books. The younger students often ask, repeatedly, for certain books. It seems the more I love a story, the more the students want to hear it. I think we can pass on our love of a book with our own enthusiasm.

Elementary School Librarian

Librarian and Tech Teacher

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Here are some additional things I do: Show book trailers, create book trailers that feature our school, teachers, etc., I empower my student readers by asking for student recommendations of books, reading and talking with the students about the books, going out and immediately buying the books (if they meet my selection criteria), especially series, that students ask for and then make sure the student who requested the book is (and knows they are) the first to read it, ALWAYS remember that I am not just buying books that I like! I must buy books my kids like, whether or not I like them! This is particularly important with reluctant readers - both buying books that I don't necessarily like AND listening to their interests and having them be the first to get to read a new book; I even go and get a book out of the public library and give it to a student if they are just dying to read the book. LIsten to the kids and their interests and requests. Ask about the books a student is reading when I see them in the hall, ask whether they would recommend it to other kids. Teach kids to access their library catalog information and encourage them to put books on hold and to make lists of books they want to read later in the year. Buy a very wide range of books and see which are the most popular - buying paperbacks and then adding hardcovers once it is clear the book is popular. Also, I try to be aware of what teachers are reading in their classrooms and find supplemental resources such as videos of readers theater of their books, book trailers, book websites, etc. and to offer other books in the series once a read aloud is done.

School Librarian Northside Middle -AL

I absolutely love your tips

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I absolutely love your tips and they really will work but curious as to why there is no mention of working with your school librarian? As a school librarian we work with the entire school to promote the love of reading and help to guide students to just the right book for them while helping to explore other areas of interest. Just saying don't forget your best supporter of reading in your schools!

The information on this blog

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The information on this blog is great. Although I have been teaching for 8 years now, the information that is presented here is very useful. Since we incorporate readers workshop in our district, we apply several reading strategies. An area I wish we can do more is in the areas of taking more field trips. Due to tight budget cuts at our district, it sometimes is a challenge.

Reading Teacher from Garden City, Michigan

Thank you for your

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Thank you for your suggestions on how to cultivate a love of reading. As a reading support teacher I am always eager to implement new ideas into my classroom. I am especially excited to promote a Read-a-Thon at my school next month for March is reading month. The importance of sharing your reading experience with your students is so simple yet empowering. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. I not only share with my students what I am learning and reading while working on my master's degree in reading I let them see me reading at appropriate times.
Bravo for your suggestions!

4th Grade Teacher from Warrensburg, Missouri

Our school's PTO sponsor's a

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Our school's PTO sponsor's a Read-A-Thon every year as our one and only fundraiser. Students ask people to sponsor them to read and they can donate a certain amount per minute or donate what they please. At any point in the day, our principal will call over the intercom to drop everything and read. Even the teachers must stop what they are doing and read. IT has always been a great way to get the students motivated to get back in the mode of reading after summer break. They have fun and the students begin competing to see who can read the most minutes. IT is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year. Even the most reluctant readers get motivated to read.

I am a third grade teacher in Casa Grande, Arizona.

I am in love with your ideas!

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I am in love with your ideas! I need to start incorporating independent reading time in my classroom. Currently it is not district mandated therefore I will have to find time outside of actual reading time to incorporate it, but I find it to be very important. I also want to let my school know about creating a read-a-thon. Our school has a program called "Reading Counts" where students take quizzes on what they read and they can earn points for passing such quizzes. The points lead to awards and celebrations. I would love to put the two together for at least a one hour read-a-thon.

Fifth grade language teacher from Tchula, Mississippi

I found this article to be

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I found this article to be very interesting. My students listen to audio book via the Promethean board. However, I am excited about sharing the idea of organizing a Read-a-Thon with my colleagues. Great idea!

2nd Grade Teacher from Waverly, Ohio

I really like the list of

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I really like the list of ways to cultivate the love of reading. I use shared reading in an unusual way, we call it reader's chair. My students get to pick a book from their reading level box and read it aloud to the class. Everyone gets a chance to read and ask their peers questions afterwards. They love this type of shred reading.

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