Read in Comfort

What is the comfiest place in the school?  The Silent Reading area of the library, of course!  At any time of the day you can get away from the noise and chaos of the school, settle into a cozy chair, enjoy a quiet space and lose yourself in a good book!  Come down to enjoy this wonderful spot.

 

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Students Need to See Adults Reading

ssrcam“As a teacher I am more influential as a model than my students will ever let on.”

Read during SSR.  Expect students to have a book, be silent, be respectful of others, and read. Model that. Show them that reading isn’t something we just talk about. Reading is something we really do.

“…teachers who grade papers or balance their checkbooks during SSR are also sending their students a powerful message–a message that time set aside to read isn’t important. It’s true that we often have to model a positive behavior ten, twenty, thirty times before we see it begin to take hold in adolescents.  But it’s also true that if we model a bad behavior once, they learn it immediately. I remind myself of this prior to every SSR period– that as a teacher I am more influential as a model than my students will ever let on. If I talk the talk, I need to walk the walk.”

–Kelly Gallagher, Reading Reasons, 2003.

Students Need to See Adults Reading

ssrvolpe“One way to undermine an SSR program is for the teacher to grade papers, work on the computer, and answer phone calls.”

–Valerie Lee, “Becoming the Reading Mentors Our Adolescents Deserve”

Use SSR time to show the students what engaged readers do. Read alongside the students.   Expect them to be silent and immerse themselves in their reading. Model reading for the students.  Mentor them as readers.

Students Need to See Adults Reading

“Building a culture of reading in a school requires the participation of the entire school community– students, teachers, administration, staff, parents, patrons…  Students need to see adults, in various roles, reading: a favorite teacher, a coach, or administrators.”

Makatche and Oberlin, “Building a Culture of Reading.”

We can tell kids that reading is important. But if they don’t see that the adults in their lives value reading, why should they believe us?  Teachers, coaches, parents: Show the kids in your life that you value reading. Read in front of them. masi-ssr

SSR: What are you reading?

buckheavyssrOne of the best things about SSR is that you get to choose your own book!  You can read something that you want to read.  Perhaps you want to read a novel.  It could be sci-fi, fantasy, horror, suspense, romance, historical fiction, young adult or one of dozens of different fiction genres. Or instead, maybe you want to read non-fiction to learn more about a subject that you are interested in. It could be sports, music, politics, cars, computers, fashion, animals, or something else entirely.  Perhaps you want to read a biography of a famous person, a reference book or a detailed “how-to.” The point is that you get to choose.

Come down to the School Library to see what we have that you might like to read for SSR.  Ask for help to find what interests you.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, let us know, and we can get it!

 

Drop Everything and Read

The DEAR Challenge has been issued by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, to all the people of this province, to Drop Everything and Read. Join with people from all walks of life around BC to celebrate the value of reading.  While most will stop at 11:oo for 20 Minutes of Silent Reading, stop whenever you can today for some SSR.  At Lord Tweedsmuir we have an SSR period each day from 9:25 to 9:44.   Be sure to take advantage of this valuable time to read something that you enjoy.

dear2016The BCTLA is a Provincial Specialist Association of the BC Teachers’ Federation.

SSR FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Sustained Silent Reading

SSR FAQ

Q:  What can I read during SSR?

A:  Anything you choose.  You can read fiction or non-fiction. Choose novels, manga, comics or other graphic books. You can choose books about any subject you are interested in. Just remember that SSR is not meant for reading textbooks or other materials assigned by teachers.  You should read something that you choose because you are interested in it.

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Source: CC BY 2.0 Erin Kelly

Q: Why do I have to be silent during SSR?

A: Silence allows everyone in the room to concentrate on their reading. This includes you!  You will be able to focus better on what you are reading if you are in an environment free of distractions.  There aren’t enough places or times in the day for people to find environments suitable for reading (and thinking) deeply. With SSR we are trying to create that environment for 20 minutes for everyone at school.

Q: So can I whisper during SSR?

A: No!

 

 

Drop Everything and Read

The DEAR Challenge has been issued by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, to all the people of this province, to Drop Everything and Read. Join with people from all walks of life around BC to celebrate the value of reading.  While most will stop at 11:oo for 20 Minutes of Silent Reading, stop whenever you can today for some SSR.  At Lord Tweedsmuir we have an SSR period each day from 9:27 t0 9:46.   Be sure to take advantage of this valuable time to read something that you enjoy.

DEAR2015The BCTLA is a Provincial Specialist Association of the BC Teachers’ Federation.

DEAR is coming!

The BC Teacher Librarians Association (a division of the BCTF) has issued its 9th Annual DEAR Challenge: Drop Everything and Read!  On Monday, October 26th, people all over British Columbia are going to stop working, put down the phones, turn off the screens, ignore the texts, and just read! Join in and show that you believe that literacy is vital. Find a good book, magazine or newspaper. Enjoy some sustained silent reading.

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