Last week during the Staff Training Days we introduced to teachers the Reading Agenda and the RWC (M) as mentioned frequently in the new Ofsted inspections. RWC(M) = Reading, Writing, Communication and Maths.
As part of this I had a slot to show:
how important the role of tutor/teacher is – with them reading during SSR sessions (Sustained Silent Reading or DEAR) rather than marking, doing admin tasks, their students are likely to perform 10-20% in reading tests.
What the MRC is doing this academic year to support and promote Reading for Pleasure
Some of the MRC services that are available to staff to support ‘Literacy Across the Curriculum’ as Ofsted Inspectors are asking individual subject teachers “What are you doing to support Reading for PLeasure in your subject?”
It is well documented that over the long Summer Holidays the reading ages of students can and does drop.
This puts you at the disadvantage of having to play catch-up when you come back next academic year.
To stay ahead of the game, and keep your reading levels the same – or even increasing all you need to do is keep reading.
One book a week, of your choice, is a great challenge to set yourself. Borrow a few from the MRC, read some of your favourite books from home; pop into your local library and experiment with new authors.
What ever you do happy holidays and keep reading!
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Whilst you are sunning yourselves on the beach, or huddled together under a dripping umbrella, over the long, long summer holidays, please keep you bright minds in tip-top condition by doing a bit of reading.
Don’t be beaten by that summer time monster – the “Summer Dip”, instead borrow some books from the MRC to keep you going, entertained and enthralled over the long summer break.
As long as you have no overdue books you’ll be able to borrow over the break – go on find something good to read.
I was lucky enough to be selected as a World Book Night Giver this year.
My application was to balance all the giveaways we have in place for students in Keystage 3 and 4 – Booked Up (RIP), World Book Day etc. This was my chance to target Post 16 and I wrote…
“We are all aware of the serious drop off in reading that take place during the later teenage years, and anything that counters this is worth doing. I love Bryson’s writing style which is very approachable.”
So why do I think it is so important to encourage readers in this age group?
It is really easy to fall out of the reading habit during the busy and exciting time during the later teenage years. We can all remember the new opportunities – learning to drive and the freedom of going where you want to with friends, buying your first (legal) drink when you turn 18, the opposite sex, first love and heartbreak.
On top of this heady mix is the pressure of studying, exams, and part time work. When you are struggling with all this, and often more, you can always fall back onto a book for support. From outright escapism (and don’t we all need that from time to time), to walking in someone else’s shoes, who are going through similar experiences or experiencing something completely different!
Books and reading are an important part of the rich tapestry of life, and one that often wanes once you ‘can’ read, and no longer ‘have to read’. It’s difficult to compete with all those distractions – but it is worth diving into a good book once in a while- as they could take you anywhere!
The Book I chose was “Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson – simply because it made me laugh out loud. I could relate to his experiences when he wrote about places I too had visited, and I was interested in reading about places I hadn’t been too yet.
Giving the books turned out to be easier than I thought… I delved into the SixthForm study centre during lunch and went around chatting to students about their reading habits. To those who considered themselves to be a reluctant readers I explained about World Book Night and talked about “Notes from a Small Island”. Only three students refused to accept a book. And many avid readers were a bit miffed that I wouldn’t give them a book! I kept a few books back to reward sixthformers who actively supported our DEAR initiative within their tutor groups but who wasn’t an avid reader themselves- and these were well recieved too.
So I’ve sent my fleglings out into the big bad world – I wonder where they will travel (and who will the books take with them on their journey?)