Find out what to do when your students are fake reading. Download the free Real Reading vs. Really Not Reading anchor charts, printables, and lesson plans.
Are your students pretending to read?
How many times have you been working with students when the rest of your kiddos were supposed to be reading silently? We’ve all had those days when we look up and discover that half of the class is just pretending to read.
Those fake readers can be really sneaky too. They act like they’re reading, but when you look closer you realize the book is upside down, there’s something really interesting all the way across the classroom, or they’re poking their neighbor with a pencil. You know the drill.
What to do when your students are fake reading?
So, what are you going to do when you discover that your little darlings are just faking it? One of my all time favorite strategies to correct the problem of students not really reading is to use the following anchor chart during a mini lesson.
Steps for Real Reading vs. Really Not Reading Mini Lesson:
- Gather students and sit down for a mini lesson.
- Model for students what it looks like to fake read. You could walk around the room reading, read a book that is too easy or too difficult, hold the book upside down, whisper to a student, etc.
- Model for students what real reading looks like.
- Complete an empty Real Reading vs. Really Not Reading anchor chart during the lesson. Students can give you the answers to add to the anchor chart. You could also print blank copies for students to work in partners and let them take notes together.
All the best!
Jen Bradshaw @ TeacherKarma.com