This Book Has No Touch Screen
In the age of touch screen, books are becoming less and less used by children. I find this sincerely heartbreaking since books were my entire childhood. They brought me to Hogwarts, to Junie B. Jones classroom, and all the way to Wayside school. I even travelled inside a giant peach! While technology, without a doubt, has its benefits, I strongly believe we should still push for the magic of books- especially in the classroom.
Reading will forever be part of a students’ life- whether it plays a small or a big role. Regardless of how much, we should be encouraging our students to read- and that doesn’t necessarily mean all students need to be reading the same thing. Encourage picture books, novels, even comic books. Motivate students to read something that captures their attention. Having a classroom library is so important.
It Motivates the Reluctant Readers: Being surrounded by books will instill a curiosity in these students, especially if they are surrounded by a variety of books.
Accommodates the Super Readers: For those students who just simply love to read, they will succeed in a classroom that places an importance on books.
Helps Develop Literacy Skills: Being integrated in a classroom that is filled with books encourages literacy development. Teachers can focus on literacy skills and strategies, and do so even if each student has their own book. We must teach them the skills to read, and give them the books to implement those skills into.
Picture Books Are Great for All Ages: Picture books aren’t just a primary tool- they can be used in the junior levels as well. They allow us to ask questions, use our imagination, and even analyze the choice of pictures and colours being used in the illustrations. We can make inferences and look at perspectives. They have the ability to truly capture the attention of the students.
Access is Important: Some students’ access to books may only be through the classroom. They may not have the opportunity to purchase books, or go to the local library. With libraries in schools getting smaller by the minute, we want to make sure that our students have access to books in our classrooms at the very least.
Since today is World Book Day, comment your favourite book of all time below. I also encourage you to take time for yourself tonight, and go on an adventure; whether it’s to Narnia, Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, or even a Secret Garden.