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I think reading in front of class has both advantages and disadvantages. I feel like I became a better reader and public speaker when I was asked to read in front of the class in elementary school, but I realize that many students are not comfortable getting up in front of their class. I work with fourth graders at a local elementary school with their Reading skills. Once someone picks them, they are allowed to read as much or as little as they want. When they finish, they pick on someone else until everyone has had a turn. They seem to really like this because they get to read as much as they want. What are some other ways of dealing with reading out loud in class?

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Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:17 pm
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I think it's a very scary thing to read out loud. I know that personally, I can read a book in a few hours to myself but if I was reading out loud it would take days. Some people are just stronger readers when they don't have to read out loud. I always dreaded being called on in class....to this day, I get nervous when I have to speak up in class. I think what your doing is great though, having them read as little or as much as they want. That way the children are able to get that practice of language and pronouncing words but at their own comfort level. I guess another option would be to maybe have like a survey on the first day of class, asking the students their comfort level when it comes to reading out loud. If you feel it is important that all students read out loud, then you will at least know how each individual feels about it.

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Laura Serio


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I agree that reading aloud has both its advantages and disadvantages. I think learning to speak in public is necessary, but I don't think kids should be embarrassed and develop a fear to speak in public. So I don't really know which way to go with this one.

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I will agree-There are both advantages and disadvantages to reading aloud in the classroom. Personally, when I was in middle school I was always 100 x more likely to pay attention to what was being read if I knew I might be called on to read aloud...It was so embarrassing when someone was called on and they were like "uhhhh.....uhhhh" And then someone had to tell them where to pick up. But at the same time, I have a friend that still freaks out when she thinks she might have to read aloud in class. She is a slow reader, and reading in front of a class makes everything much worse. So I think it is really important for teachers to get to know there students privately before making the assumption that everyone is comfortable reading aloud.

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In elementary school I think it is more important to have students read aloud. Partly because sometimes in a whole class, it is hard to assess how their reading skills are developing. In my reading instruction class we were taught to go through a process to make sure the student will be comfortable reading aloud. In a short version...First, the story should be read aloud to the students and then each of them read with a partner. Then they are all assigned a segment of the text to practice reading and then they read aloud in class. I think that having students cold read out loud at that age especially could be a bad idea. But also in high school, you might embarrass someone who has a disability or is just shy or something.

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I also agree that there are advantages and disadvantages to reading aloud in class. I remember in elementary school, I had several teachers that would ask for volunteers to read aloud rather than calling on people. I think asking for volunteers who wanted to read aloud was good because it didn't emabarrass the kids who were shy or the kids who didn't think their reading skills were very good.

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I always had a hard time reading aloud in class, but I really think it helped me. If I had the option of volunteering I wouldn't have done it and wouldn't have gained anything from it. I think allowing the student to choose how long they want to read is great.

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