Julia Raucci’s Week 5 Blog: Reading Task

“When Artley (1975) asked teachers what they remembered most from their elementary school ex periences, they consistently reported that teacher read-alouds were among their favorite memories. Ivey and Broaddus (2001) also found that middle school students reported similar favorites: They re ported that independent reading time and teacher read-alouds made them want to read more.” This a a quote written by Douglas Fisher, James Flood, Diane Lapp and, Nancy Frey, the authors of “Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?” I think this is a really important aspect to remember, especially in the time of “teaching for the test.” Real and genuine connection between teacher and student is essential to meaningful learning. Learning and reading should be fun, not a chore for these students.

“Nelson (1981) even argued that the experience of read-alouds enabled children to express themselves as individuals, connect with others, and make sense of the world.” This is another statement in “Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?” I believe that read-alouds provide the fun and creativity that is often taken out of schools. Art, including the art of read-alouds, is beneficial to students, as it makes them feel connected and important. It is important to be represented by characters they read about so they can explore what they are capable of and experience all that life has to offer, much like the characters in these books.

“Because reading for enjoyment is a significant reason for read-alouds, students need to be told often that one of the purposes of reading or being read to is enjoyment.” Another statement from “Interactive Read-Alouds: Is There a Common Set of Implementation Practices?” The amount of students that feel like reading is boring and a chore is upsetting. As future teachers, it is our job to fix this and ensure that our students don’t associate reading with “boring schoolwork”.

“…engagement can also be expressive and performative. Children demonstrate this type of engagement with words and physical actions. They become active participants in the story.” This is a quote from “Talking Back and Taking over: Young Children’s Expressive Engagement during Storybook Read-Alouds” written by Lawrence R. Sipe. Along with being a future teacher, I am also an actress. I love performing in plays and musicals and I use my acting techniques and skills in my teaching. I find that we must be able to entertain and engage our students to make learning enjoyable! I love having students act out what we read. They may feel a little silly at first but they are participating and never forget what we read! It is important, however, to keep the children focused and not get out of control, as stated later in the article. We must be able to keep the students on-task during fun and physical activities like this or else there will be no point, as no real learning will take place.

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