I truly believe that all my students can develop the love of reading - with the right encouragement. A couple weeks ago I finished reading the book The Book Whisperer. I loved the book. It made me want to bring time back into my classroom to have self-selected reading time. I have done this in the past but have taken it away due to lack of time. I hated doing this but needed time somewhere.
I decided to try self-selected reading time during summer school. They once again have become my guinea pigs for things I want to implement during the school year. I have a daily math review we start with each day. Then we immediately go into 20 minutes self-selected reading time. Doing this first thing in the morning prevents me from pushing it off until I am out of time.
Results - We had to build up to reading for this length. However it has gone better than I anticipated. I brought a small selection of my classroom library - about 100 books for 17 students. I made sure to pick high interest books. I also have multiple copies of some books. My favorite part is watching 3 boys - my lowest readers - pick out the same copies of a book and establish a book club. They take turns reading each page. Today they finished their first chapter book! They proudly call their time together their book club. I have students that didn't read at home during the school year take books home, read them, and talk excitedly about them the next day. The only problem is that I have one girl that I always have to tell to put the book away throughout the day. I still have time to get through my lessons. I just have a peaceful start to my day. I can listen to my students read and help them find just right books. During the school year I plan on having more formal conferences during this time.