What do I know about Oral reading in class? I know it is a skill. I know it is one that most people do not have or wish to obtain. Maybe I’m assuming…but the majority of students get anxiety when they get “picked on”. I remember “playing” popcorn in grade school and feeling my stomach drop when my friends got picked because I knew my turn was coming up. I know that if we are reading a paragraph and then the person to the right reads next you bet your bottom dollar I am counting how many people until my turn and pre-reading to make sure I can pronounce all of the words and have enough time to practice. I know that this means I was not paying attention to a single word that was read before me. I know (from previous Currins classes) that reading out-loud is beneficial but it has to be done “right”. By “right” I mean, you should give students time to practice outside of class—this means assigning paragraphs the day before to read and practice as homework and giving a heads up they will read it out-loud the next day. However, I wonder if this creates a bit MORE anxiety. Now they know they will be reading a whole 24 hours in advance the horror to come. That gives them 24 hours to freak out. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I know of a lot of people who would rather jump in a pond of snapping turtles than read a sentence out-loud. Ok. Being dramatic again. But you get it.
What do I want to know….I want to know exactly why reading out-loud is worthwhile for teachers.
Or is it?
I want to know what type of students benefit from reading out loud or is it that students benefit from HEARING it.Would it be better if the teacher reads? Or does that make students fall asleep? Should I teach my students how to read out-loud? How do I make a comfortable classroom where people feel okay reading in front of their peers? Is that even possible? Is there more to be gained than just confidence when reading aloud happens(listening skills too)?
I would love to find articles of teachers who have had lots of experience on it. I would also like to get some samples of students to write to me and tell me how they feel about reading out loud.
A few texts I will be studying and searching for answers in….
1) “Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.”- When Kids Can’t Read–Kylene Beers
2) Though this is a bit more tailored for small kids, it still seems to have relevant ideas–Reading Aloud
3) I read the first few sentences and think this will help–Jessica Lahey