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Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers
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3 A Reading Teacher in action

One teacher, Claire Williams, in reflecting upon her tendency to enjoy a hot chocolate whilst reading at home and in the garden, wondered if by occasionally offering children drinks and biscuits, by reading outside and by enabling them to choose where to sit and with whom, this might support their own engagement with reading. Although Claire thought the novelty might wear off quickly, instead she found that as she gave her class increased autonomy as readers, the amount of book sharing, talk and engagement increased.

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As well as recognising the importance of creating relaxed reading spaces in the classroom, Claire also developed her knowledge of the children as readers through reading conferences. This enabled her to make tailored book recommendations to individual children. Over time, a community of readers emerged, of which Claire was a full member.

Through ongoing reflection, Claire continues to develop as a Reading Teacher with an enhanced personal and professional awareness of what it means to be a reader and shapes her practice in responsive ways. She reflects on what she does as a reader.

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Cremin, T. (2021b) ‘The red thread of reading for pleasure: Reading Teachers’, Books for Keeps [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]