5 Ways To Soar In Reading Habits
There are hundreds of organizations that dedicate their efforts to improving reading, giving kids the books they desire and know they can read. Much of this activity is successful, but it’s not the only thing that can improve student reading scores. Choosing a book can be a long time commitment that may or may not be fun. However, with the right suggestions, reading can really become fun. Reading connects our brain to our senses and often makes a world of difference when you’re trying to become a more proficient reader.
Chronicle Publishers recently published a list of books they think students need to discover. For students who love reading, it’s worth devoting time to reading these books. Follow these strategies and see how fast you can achieve that reading level.
Learn the Language of Reading
For students who are just starting out, the number one factor that influences their reading ability is the way that the text is written. Spend some time learning the proper language of reading and it will help facilitate that visual aspect of reading. There are visual cues of this type found throughout a book, so you’ll not only enjoy reading them, but you’ll be able to visualize the text as well.
Speak faster than you read. Do it. Seriously. I know that sounds impossible but I’ve witnessed many adults fail at this challenge. Instead of reading slowly because you’re trying to read a page by holding it in your hand, read the page faster than you write it. You’ll find that you actually enjoy reading faster.
The Going Faster with a Specific Example
Sometimes, you just need to give a fast example to show your students how quickly you can see, hear, touch and feel when you read a certain page. Do you remember the last time you heard yourself reading a book? Do you remember where you were while you read the book? If you were in an airplane, a car, in a park, working or doing something else, that gives you a strong clue about how fast you were able to process and see the full text. At home or in school, put a single page on the screen and show your students a general example of how fast the reading process takes place. They’ll learn in two ways: first, how fast you can read a certain word, and second, that you can go fast when you’re reading without using words.
And we all know that there is no magic hour of the day when you should be reading. It’s all about time and how much time you can give your kids. Perhaps this week you can be as honest as possible about when you read and when you don’t, and admit that the time changes throughout the week. Perhaps you have days that are completely school-related and then other days that are quiet for reading or reading from other books. Whatever the case may be, it’s totally fine to be honest about your reading habits with your students. Their opinions and reactions are the ones that matter to you, not what others think.
I believe that to truly develop a love of reading, you can teach your students about the many words within the books they read and you can help them build a vocabulary that helps them absorb the text. When you read from an author or source that you yourself have read or are currently reading, you show your students how you discover new words and create new words through immersion in the text and through visualization.
When your students sit down to read, they experience their world in a new and accurate way and that opens their minds to new ideas and inspiration. When you read with them from a word source, you show your students the process you go through. It’s the ways in which you read a text that matter. In a world where technology and connectivity have no boundaries, the more that we know about reading, the better it will be for all of us.
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