Teachers are “enabling adults”, who play a crucial role in enabling students to become readers. If you want students to read you need to read, read to your students, learn about books and your students’ interests, and provide access to a variety of reading materials.
This section provides an overview of teachers as reading role models and gives practical suggestions to help you engage your students with reading.
Your knowledge and enthusiasm for reading plays a crucial role in your students’ interest in and enthusiasm for reading.
As enabling adults, teachers need to provide access to a wide variety of books and formats. And, together with the school librarian, create a reader-friendly environment in the library.
Developing a good understanding of students reading interests through discussions, surveys and a choice of reading material will help your students become readers.
Teachers create readers in the classroom not only by teaching students how to read, but also why to read, and what it is to be a reader.
Collaboration and ongoing communication between library staff and English teachers is essential to ensure the best possible outcome for students and the school’s NCEA programme.
School library staff need to be aware of Ministry of Education documents to fully engage with teachers to support reading and writing programmes.
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