I never had really thought about being read aloud to in elementary and not junior high or high school. We were expected to read and understand on our own since we were old enough. I was one who enjoyed reading so this was no problem for me to do. I also have always read fast while being able to comprehend what I am reading. I know it doesn’t come as easy to others, and I think if we would have been read aloud to more in school it would have helped them actually enjoy reading. At least maybe they wouldn’t hate it and assume it is torturous.
The memories of the teacher sitting at the front of the classroom and all of us being captured by the story being told by her are all very fond. No one interrupted or goofed off. This was a sacred time for my whole class. 6th grade is the last time I remember being read to by my teacher. We all loved trying to figure out what was going to happen. Imagine taking all that excitement from reading and placing it into a high school classroom. We should read to them books they wouldn’t pick up themselves. One of the blogs we were required to read this week mentioned reading the first book in a series. The students will engage and then go venture out on their own to finish off the series. I thought this was a great idea for engaging students even more and helping them adventure to read more books on their own.
Reading aloud to students allows them to sit back and watch the story unfold in a magical way. If we as teachers change our voices and stop to explain the harder parts to the kids that would normally frustrate them on their own then we are having a victory against another book not being read. Book talks as mentioned in another reading where we explain parts of the book to keep the kids engaged is a great way to introduce the kids into the story and show them different parts of literature. Reading aloud is important and I know I will do it in my classroom.