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The WMS Literacy Team is working to foster a culture of readers. Our CIA (Continuous Individual Achievement) groups have 20 minutes of silent, sustained reading time on alternating Fridays each month.
The students seem to enjoy this period of calm, quiet engagement with text. The key is for students to select their own reading material, have that ready before the period begins, and get comfortable with their text.
Our whole school gets together to participate, including our administration and staff! I like to have a quick session at the end where I read an interesting passage from my text, then encourage students to share their reading experiences and recommend their reading to others.
I hope we develop anticipation for D.E.A.R. Fridays at Wendell Middle!