Thank you Fran for introducing me to a new term – contraliteracy. My ultimate challenge now has a name 🙂 One of the greatest challenges of being an upper elementary school literacy teacher is that students have had lots of practice in believing that they do not like to read.
Fran attended Justin Stygles’ session at this year’s International Reading Association Conference and learned these four tips that I want to remember:
How do we move beyond the many faces of shame?
1. Build Relationships with our readers. Admit, Acknowledge and Absolve them of past practices.
2. Use Self-Perception Scales to help students understand their own perceptions.
3. Have students tell their reading histories. Listen for the patterns.
4. Plan quality instruction
Be passionate about your invitation to ALL students to reading and writing
Remove all competition from reading
Provide access to print – print that students beg to read
Define what students can control – when and where can they find minutes to read?
Provide a reading mentor not a reading dictator (x number of pages, only this text, etc.)
One strategy that Justin has found to be successful for his readers is 3o Books in 30 Days Read Alouds. This promotes intimacy, relationships with characters, and connections with life as students practice strategies, form opinions, discover new interests and allows some above grade level reading.
What are your ideas to fight #contraliteracy?