Read Aloud is My Superpower

21 Oct


Read aloud is one of my favorite times of the school day. I’d forgotten that, not having had my own classroom for six years.  This year’s class is a handful. but they love read aloud too!  It is the one time there are no side conversations and my class LOVES to  have side conversations.

The first book I read to the this year was The Worm Whisperer  by Betty Hicks. I knew this class was special because they referred back to events and characters in it when we were talking about other things. One day, just before we left for a long weekend, I was talking to them about being sure not to forget their homework, which led to a discussion of having a regular homework time.We talked about how plans sometimes change on long weekends, so they should have their regular plan in place, but have a back up plan just in case. One student piped up and said “You shouldn’t be so rigid that you can;t break your own rules.”, or something to that effect. I asked where they learned that and they said, “From Ellis’ teacher in The Worm Whisperer.”  I was impressed.

We read Dear Mr. Henshaw next, which they loved, though they were a little hesitant to leave The Worm Whisperer  behind. A couple of kids have borrowed both of those books to reread them on their own.

Friday we started The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin. I wanted a book with a strong female lead and was reminded of this one by the recent publication of the 4th book in the series. The boys were not impressed by the cover. Too girly. By the time I reached the family sing-along I had hooked them. The Doll Family was son gong from Greatest Hits of the Sixties. I think it was my own singing of  R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and particularly the “sock-it-to-me ” chorus that really grabbed their attention. Apparently they didn’t know the song, so I played it for them, doing some silly movements with my head and hands. Just as the song finished, the principal was doing a walk-through with the custodian and the fire marshall. We all had a good laugh at that.

I enjoy watching their faces move from skeptical as I begin a new book, to entranced when I’ve hooked them.  I think read aloud might be my superpower.

5 Responses to “Read Aloud is My Superpower”

  1. jarhartz October 21, 2014 at 6:06 am #

    I love Read Aloud and agree it is the super power of reading workshop! So much that is good happens there. I also love how your classroom is a “handful” and “LOVES to have side conversations.” I seem to have that classroom most years.They have SO much to say, SO much going on in their brains!

  2. Lisa October 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I read aloud every day to my class, but we haven’t started a novel in a long time! I have only read them one this year. You’ve inspired me to get going on another TOMORROW.

  3. Tara Smith October 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    We are in the midst of our first read aloud – such fun, really the super power of workshop!

  4. msssunshine October 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Rock on, teach. It sounds like you’re off to a magnificent start to the year.

  5. arjeha October 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    I have found that students, no matter what their age, enjoy being read to. My sixth grade students would always look forward to teacher read time. Glad you found your super power.

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