Pruzinsky gives several strategies to encourage your students to read every day! I like this article because it provides you with these strategies instead of just saying “have your students read silently for 15 minutes.” Every student NEEDS to read because it is important to help with fluency and to develop thoughtful literacy. Creating new and effective techniques will gain the students toward finding a book he or she will like.
First, it is important to create a “Business Plan.” Have the plan to incorporate independent reading in your classroom. With it comes responsibility and focus on ensuring this plan follows through accordingly. When making your lesson plans, set aside 15 minutes or so every day to have students read. Also, choose a variety of texts to keep in your classroom. I may not have an interest in cars or snakes, but some students are. As long as the books are appropriate for the grade level, choose a variety for them to browse.
I have noticed that some schools do this as a warm-up, but they also have reading logs they give to the students. Whenever students read, whether at school or home, the teacher/parent will sign it to verify that reading has been done. After a full log is completed, students usually get an additional 100 on a homework grade!
Secondly, “Marketing Strategy: Book Talks, Book Talks, and More Book Talks” are important. I find it interesting that he uses, this time, to talk with the students about what he or she is reading. I can honestly say that I can never recall any of my teachers setting aside time to talk about the book I was reading. Having these conferences are so important because as he stated when he read his book in front of the kids, it shows that you care about their reading and what they are learning.
Finally, be creative in setting up your own library. Again, have a variety of texts students can choose from. This should be a diverse library to gain the student’s attention and engage them in wanting to read. Furthermore, think about how you set up your “reading sanctuary.” It should be comfortable and inviting for you students. Chances are, if students feel comfortable, the more they will find reading is not all that bad!
Implement reading into your daily schedule and find what works and what doesn’t. Think about how you will create a reading program into your curriculum that will pull your in students. Reading is fun, but challenging, important, but diversified. After all, Pruzinsky has stated, “Imagine a world where students are confident, capable, enthusiastic lifelong readers” (26).