Reading In The Wild: Dedicate Time to Read - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Reading In The Wild: Dedicate Time to Read

I'm so excited to start this book study! There are some AMAZING bloggers and non-bloggers joining in over the next 7 weeks! Join us each week by linking up your posts/ideas if you are a blogger. If you're not a blogger, that's okay! You can read/follow and comment. We want to hear your advice, thoughts, and ideas for the classroom, too. The more teachers we have joining, the more amazing our classrooms will be this fall!
Today, these friends are hosting Chapter 1: Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read-

Make sure to visit them, as well as the other fabulous teachers that have linked up (you'll see the others at the end of this post).

After reading the first section of chapter 1, this quote came to mind:
We cannot expect our students to be lifelong readers, or "readers in the wild" if we aren't ourselves! I'm totally guilty of the I'm-so-busy-excuse, but we have to make time, just as we expect our students to make time. 

One way to show them how important it is to carve out reading time each day is to show them at school. You can tell them how you read daily at home, but they just have to take your word for it... but demonstrating it at school will help it sink in. For me, I have 15-20 minutes at the end of the school day that is "sacred" read-aloud time. I don't let anything take it away- even if we don't finish an activity. We HAVE to read whatever chapter book we are reading at the time every day in my room. My kiddos are able to see that I have carved out that time and I won't let anything take it away. Of course, this is not the only time we read, but that read-aloud time is "OUR" time. 

Donalyn Miller, the author of Reading in the Wild, also emphasizes the importance of teaching students that reading can be done in any of those spare minutes you have- because students like to say "I was too busy," and yes, our students today are super busy... daycare, sports, church, homework, appointments, dinner, etc. But if they bring a book with them wherever they go, they could read in those spare minutes! Waiting for the dentist? Read in the waiting room instead of playing Angry Birds on your older sister's phone. Read in the car. Read while you wait for mom to get off the phone... 

Again, showing them how to do this starts in the classroom- they should leave a book on their desk all day so that when they have time, they should read. My kids know not to ask me what to do when they are done. They know the answer by the end of the first day of school- "READ."

This section included soooo much more, and I could go on and on for days, but what spoke to me the most was making time to read. I am committing to reading every day this summer, and not just professional teacher books! :o)

Here are my questions for you: Do you read daily? What good books have you read lately?

Next week, Mrs. Allen and I will host Chapter 1: Creating a Workshop Schedule (June 26th). *This is a SUPER short section (only 4 pages), but a great chance to share/showcase your workshop schedule and sneak a peek at classrooms all over the world!*


  1. This sounds like a great book! I had a group of reluctant readers this year, so the last quarter I began reading independently with them. Everyday class began with 15 minutes of independent reading. I began pulling out my book and reading the first 10 minutes along with them. I was getting in a total of 20 min. durning the school day, since I had two classes. It was very enjoyable. I read with my 2 year old each day. We even have a Chuck E Cheese reward sheet we fill out after reading. I rarely get a chance to read for pleasure at home.

  2. Love your post, its giving me some great ideas. Right now I am reading Natchez Burning a trilogy from Greg Isles. Being from the south I love that he is mixing civil rights and Mississippi culture from the past, its fiction but it makes you think!

  3. I love that you have read aloud time the last 15 minutes of every day. What a great way to end the day!! I remember read aloud time being my favorite time of day when I was younger.

    I have found that I generally prefer young adult literature over adult novels. I think it's because the authors often develop the plot more quickly. After getting "spoiled" by reading young adult literature, I tend to get bored with adult novels. Plus, I love being able to discuss and recommend books to my students!

  4. I have managed to read a book a day for the past three summers and I encourage my class to do the same. I am amazed by teachers who don't read....especially elementary teachers. If you don't read how do you know what books to suggest to your readers!?

    Anyway the best book I have read recently is The Dust Land Trilogy by Moira Young.
    Chickadee Jubilee

  5. So, so, so true, friend! I have found myself saying, "Well I had to grade all of your reading response letters, so I didn't have time." It's so painful! If I expect my 5th graders to make time to read, then I must do it, too! Plus, our kids LOVE seeing us read the books they've recommended to us. Thank goodness for summer where I can a book a day. :) Thank you so much for linking up, Jessica! :)

  6. Great quotes! I found myself thinking that I AM a hypocrite while reading this chapter! I used to read all the time and now I don't so much anymore. I also found myself wondering whether or not books are the only form of reading that "counts"...what about reading the news on the phone, reading blogs, etc.?

    Literacy Spark

  7. I'm making time to read every day this summer so I will be back in the habit when school starts. I've gotten away from it with Netflix, computer, etc! I like to have 2-3 books going at the same time; right now I'm reading Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper and loving it.

    Math is Elementary

  8. I am making time to read this summer too - I teach middle school so I reading Mockingjay right now and then plan to read the Divergent series. :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  9. Great quote, but hard to live by sometimes! I read a lot of "kid's books" (previewing before I give it to a student or read aloud to my class), not making time for "grown up books". I read professional books (never cover to cover!), but not grown up books for pleasure. I need you to recommend a quick and easy read for me to start with! :)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  10. I am working hard to increase my own daily reading this summer...mostly teaching books & kids' books so that I can better recommend books to my students. I have also been reading with my own children (3, 7 & 9). This winter we started listening to audio books in the car & that has been a great addition to our reading lives! I just finished reading Wonder...and it was phenomenal! I also just read The One and Only Ivan to the kids...we all loved that as well!

  11. I'll be honest and admit that during the school year I don't read on a daily basis. Summertime is a whole 'nother ball of wax though. I just finished Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. I couldn't put it down, though there were times when I didn't think I'd able to read another page. What an amazing story!

  12. Couldn't agree more! I can't wrap my head around the idea of being a teacher who doesn't model good reading habits. :)

    I envy your read aloud time!! One of the things I miss about having a self-contained classroom is being able to do a daily read-aloud with my kids. Being departmentalized definitely has it's perks, but I MISS the daily 10 minutes to read for fun with my kids. Unless we work through a novel in our Reader's Workshop, there just isn't time when I have to cram Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, and Skills Block into 2 hours and 15 minutes. :)

    I recently finished The Husband's Secret and Orange is the New Black - I recommend both!

    :) Abby
    Third Grade Bookworm

  13. I love how you come clean and admit that reading is a struggle and an area that you need to spend more time on. I read a lot. Right now I am in book study mode and have 4 different books I am reading but what I really need to do is to start reading some possible read-alouds for my class. I have been making excuses and avoiding it.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

    1. I definitely need to read more in my own personal life. I read so much for school and in the classroom, though! Sometimes it seems the house work and actual work take over!

  14. Is this where to go to follow the book study every week? I could not find a link, and I do not have a blog.
    I read every day with my second graders. Our school dedicates the first 15 minutes as STAR (sit together and read) time, in addition we read a class read aloud after recess every day as well. I keep a list or physically bring in (many are read on a kindle now) all of my summer reads for the first week of school, including new books that I purchase for school. I am currently 're-reading A Discovery of Witches (book1), followed by Shadow of Night (book 2) by Deb Harkness. Book 3 has been 2+ years coming and is being released on July 15th.
    I would love to see a list of favorite read aloud. Great way to find some new treasures. I start every year with Martin's Mice by Dick King Smith. They love the humor in this book, and it draws them right in.
    Looking forward to the book study, just want to make sure that I am in the right place! Thanks!

    1. I will be participating each week, so you can come here or also, Brown Bag Teacher is the one who coordinated it so her blog will also have all the link ups! :o) Thanks for following!


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