Teachers are reading aloud to middle and high school students, reports Education Week.
“The practice builds middle school students’ knowledge in content areas, helps them have positive attitudes toward reading, and helps increase their reading fluency,” writes Lettie K. Albright, an associate professor in literacy at Texas Woman’s University.
The most common reason for reading aloud, according to survey respondents, was to promote a love of literature or reading. Other top reasons were to build interest in a topic or introduce a topic, model fluent reading, and expose students to texts they might not read otherwise.
Some teachers are reading picture books to their students to supplement the text. Well, I guess that doesn’t take up much class time.
One teacher, who reads Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men to his 11th-grade English students each year, “sees reading aloud as an equalizer for students who will read an assigned book and those who won’t.” He skipped his assigned reading when he was in school.
Catering to the non-readers seems like a waste of time for students who read for themselves and a crutch for those who could read but don’t bother. Those who can’t read need more instruction so they can read independently.
My fifth-grade teacher read bits of Nicholas Nickleby to us. It went painfully slowly. I vividly remember how frustrated I was.