Things not do to when teaching reading as joy

Do not make them read it.

Do not make the decoding accuracy or details the point of the exercise.

Do not make it a competition.

Do not make them finish every book they start.

Do not make the message in the story the point.

Do not follow up with entertaining activities loosely based on the story.

(Pleasures of Children’s Literature . Nodelman and Reimer)

I had to record these. They are so counter-cultural in schools. If we want to create a culture of readers, we need to take away competition, rules, measurement. All the things, that Tiggers do best! 🙂

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Filed under children's lit, curriculum, education, learning, library, literacy

One response to “Things not do to when teaching reading as joy

  1. Debbie Pushor

    Here’s another one: do not give them prizes for reading!

    (A good teacher resource in this area is Alfie Kohn’s book, Punished by Rewards.)

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