Reading is an important part of what I do. I love books! I love to talk about books. I love it so much that I have two of my characters (Mr. Terupt and Jessica) sharing books throughout my Mr. Terupt novels. Mr. Terupt is not only a passionate teacher; he is a passionate reader, which brings me to his second tip.
Mr. Terupt’s Teaching Tip # 2: Share Your Love of Reading
Do you have trouble getting those “reluctant” readers to start reading? During my years as a teacher, I know that I had many students who never considered themselves to be readers, and those were often the students who could benefit the most from a good story. Over the years, I found different ways to help these students see how exciting reading can be. First and foremost, if you want your students to become lifelong passionate readers, then you need to show them that you are a reader. Make books a prominent part of your classroom. (Summer tag sales can be a great way to add to your classroom library without wearing out your budget.) Put books on display, and start talking to students about what you’re reading. Start talking and start recommending. When your students see how passionate you are and that reading isn’t just something kids are supposed to do in a classroom but is a lifelong source of entertainment, you might just get those “reluctant” kids excited about reading too. Another thing that you can do to motivate reading is to have informal book chats with your students as you walk to specials, or one-on-one when a student first arrives in the morning, or before he or she leaves for the day. These short, personal talks can make a huge difference in growing excited readers. These short, personal talks are more likely to happen if your students get to choose what they read, which goes back to the importance of having a beautiful classroom library with wide variety. And just a tip for your own pleasure: I loved listening to audio books on my way to and from school. Not only did this help me get through more books so that I had more to share with my students, but it also helped me to become better at reading aloud. And yes, of course, read-aloud is always a great way to inspire new readers!
I’d love to hear from you if you find Mr. Terupt’s tip helpful or if you have additional thoughts or questions. You can comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.