Renewed Focus

January 22, 2018

Introducing Shared Reading

Happy New Year!  Ahead of us lies an entire year’s worth of learning potential, for both ourselves and our students.  However, we cannot forget about previous goals not yet achieved.  Tennessee’s Read to be Ready campaign launched a few years ago with the goal of improving the literacy skills of students across our state.  Specifically, the Read to be Ready campaign unites stakeholders across Tennessee in the pursuit of one common, critical goal – by 2025, 75% of Tennessee third graders will read on grade level.  The campaign is driven by five key beliefs: early literacy matters, but it’s never too late, reading is more than sounding out words, teachers are critical, and it takes a community.  Maybe your school or district has already been involved in this campaign in some form.  You can find out more by visiting the resources on the Read to be Ready page.

One of the strategies that Read to be Ready coaches have been trained in to bring back to their schools is the practice of shared reading.  Reading Rockets lists some of the benefits of employing a shared read in the classroom:

  • Allows students to enjoy materials that they may not be able to read on their own
  • Ensures that all students feel successful by providing support to the entire group
  • Students can act as though they are reading if they cannot yet
  • Helps novice readers learn about the relationship between oral language and printed language.\
  • Assists students in learning where to look and/or focus their attention
  • Supports students as they gain awareness of symbols and print conventions, while constructing meaning from text read
  • Assists students in making connections between background knowledge and new information
  • Focuses on and helps develop concepts about print and phonemic connections
  • Helps in teaching frequently used vocabulary
  • Encourages prediction in reading
  • Helps students develop a sense of story and increases comprehension

2018 has arrived, and this leaves Tennessee educators with just seven short years to boost our students’ reading proficiency statewide.  Is your classroom on the right track? This year we will continue to explore shared reading ideas to help boost your students’ literacy learning. See ya next post and cheers to the new year!

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