My NQT year – twenty years ago.
Me: Your year 4 class love reading!
Teacher: I know. My classes always love reading.
Me: How come?
Teacher: They just read after lunch everyday.
Me: I do that too with my class.
Teacher: No you don’t. You look at a text with different groups and ask them lots of questions.
Me: But isn’t that good teaching?
Teacher: Depends. That might help them confidently pass a reading test but it won’t inspire them to read.
Me: But I was told that silent reading isn’t enough. Maybe on a Friday for a bit if no one is looking.
Teacher: How many children read at home? Honestly? How many parents read in front of their children? How many books are in the household? When is a child inspired to read?
Me: But I would feel bad just letting children read their own book every day.
Teacher: Really? Thirty minutes a day – in silence – with a book. That’s 2.5 hours a week they have interrupted and quiet time to get lost in a book. Why do you feel bad?
Me: What are they learning though?
Teacher: Experience. To know what it feels like to want to read that book again and again. To build stamina and perseverance. To have an opportunity to
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