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Recently, prior to an inspection, a colleague of mine approached me with a dilemma. They wanted to introduce a new short text to their children but was concerned that if that lesson was observed, they may not show 'Ofsted Outstanding Progress'. Many schools around the UK and world promote 'library time' or 'free reading time' which give children chances to read books for pleasure in order promote a love for reading. The theory behind this is that if children develop this passion for reading, they will be more willing to read and in turn develop their skills at a much faster rate - leading to progress. However, was my colleague right to be concerned about Ofsted seeing these 'free reading times'? Did she have a point? Can promoting a love for reading really be integrated with producing an 'Ofsted outstanding lesson'? After all, where is the accelerated progress in 15 minutes of free reading?
In terms of progress, each school has their own stance on what that means and how it looks in their classrooms, however there is no doubt that promoting a love of reading can lead to future outstanding progress. Promoting a love for all subjects leads to a greater focus and determination to achieve. After all, isn't that why we are teachers - because we have a passion for education and helping people learn?
Below are a few ideas of how to promote a love for reading in your lessons whilst having a clear direction towards fantastic progress!
Struggling for ideas for World Book Day?
Take a look at some of ours below, they might spark your imagination.
World Book Day?!? Why not make it a week?
Here at literacy W.A.G.O.L.L we love all things literacy and the thought of just a day to celebrate makes us a little sad so in our schools we take a full week off timetable and plan everything around our book. (Don’t worry, you can still get all areas of the curriculum covered just takes a little creativity) You can find examples at the end of this article.
Ben Parr has released this short video via Big Think with a focus on the psychology of attention. He identifies three types of attention: immediate, short, and long. To capture someone's attention you have to see these three as stages into a person's subconscious. But how does this translate into the classroom?
What is it?
Reading areas have been around for decades but not always have they had an impact on the teaching and learning of reading and writing. A reading area’s aim is to encourage children to engage with texts in order to become an effective independent reader. Does a reading corner really attract children to read? Should it be a reading area? Should we even designate an area for reading, is not the whole world a reading area? Whatever your opinion, here are a few ideas on how you can re-invent the reading corner!