Reading Out Loud
I was very interested in suggestion #5 on p. 217 about what to do when students are struggling to read out loud. I struggle with this issue, especially in two areas. First, at Harding, I often have difficulty getting any students to volunteer to read, so I hesitate to slow them down once they get going. I also am reluctant to slow students down when they are trying to read Shakespeare. That's already a challenge. I like Beers' suggested prompts and will try to incorporate them. I try not to let students just bleep over a word, and I try to make sure that my classmates know that I am the only one who should help a struggling student in a whole class situation. I will face the issue this year because students have to read a portion of their assigned passage out loud prior to doing an IB commentary. What do the rest of you do?