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Supporting Independent Readers and Independent Reading by Jennifer Serravallo


Today’s re-blog may seem to be only for teachers—well, parents are teachers—and, we all teach ourselves, right? :-)

Nerdy Book Club

Remember when independent reading was called DEAR? Or SSR? Or SQUIRT? (Or maybe I am the only one with that last one? It stands for Sustained Quiet Uninterrupted Reading Time). Acronyms aside, it looked like this: Kids chose whatever they wanted, teachers sat their desks to get through the paperwork that was piling up, or, maybe, to read at their own desk while students read at theirs. Those days, independent meant really independent.

At some point, there seemed to be many who said, “Wait a minute. Can we really trust that this independent reading time is worth it? What if they aren’t really reading? What if they aren’t really understanding?” Some got rid of independent reading. Others adopted quizzes and computer-based solutions to try to address this “problem.”

Please, please, please. Enough with the multiple choice quizzes. There are other ways to check in with readers in ways…

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2 responses to “Supporting Independent Readers and Independent Reading by Jennifer Serravallo

  1. juliecroundblog July 22, 2016 at 6:11 am

    This almost makes me want to go back to teaching ALMOST. I retired at 55 for family reasons and now,almost twenty years later,still wish children read the books I enjoyed ( see my latest blog) but am trying to keep up to date with my grand children’s preferences.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      “ALMOST”—whoot :-)

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