Chapter 6 Question #23
Submitted by A Firtz on January 28, 2015 - 10:22am
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I know that most of our program teachers (including myself) would have great difficulty implementing SSR in their classroom because they all have so much material that they want to cover. Most believe that any additional reading (especially if it’s not related to the class itself) should be done as homework or outside of the classroom and that class time should be dedicated to discussions, pair work, teaching content, and practicing the content that was taught. We do encourage students to read outside of the classroom because it builds their vocabulary but we don’t necessarily give them time to read during class time except for what is scheduled for the lesson that day.
After reading the chapter and the way that they teacher set up the SSR p.170, I think that I would like to try this in the classroom. It didn’t take up that much time in the beginning and seemed to improve students reading abilities and they started to enjoy reading more. I think that if it is set up and the purpose of the SSR is made clear to the students that it would be beneficial. Teachers and students need to realize that it is not just for “killing time” but actually serves a purpose. I like the follow up idea on p.175 about a “book party.” This gives students time to actually discuss what they are reading with a small group and other students can gain additional reading ideas or selections that might interest them. I know that a lot of our ESL students do not read in English outside of the classroom so this could be beneficial to get them to start building their reading confidence in English.
I'm curious as to what other teachers think about SSR during class time. Your thoughts?