It’s a common complaint in English departments acorss the country and probably the world – they’re just not reading. We all know that there are plenty of reasons why young people are opting out of reading and we all try our best to encourage reading inside and outside school.
This year, in addition to library visits where my junior classes take part in book waterfalls, book speed dating and other activities designed to turn them back onto reading, I’ve launched another blog. Initially this was to share my own reading experiences with my students and point them to sites to inspire their reading. what I found was, they just weren’t using it and if they were, I certainly didn’t know about it.
I’ve now sent invites to 58 students with a view to them being able to post about their reading as well as comment on posts. It seemed when we shared reading expereinces in the library orally that they were most keen to hear what their peers were reading so here’s hoping their additional format helps to build on that, and helps to develop their writing skills along the way.
Watch this space!