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April 24, 2012
My teacher was definitely a committed reader outside the classroom, and brought this knowledge and experience into the classroom. We had several discussions about books, and she introduced me to some children's books about which I had not previously heard. These included some poetry collections, which provide some good poems to use with children, in particular 'The Poetry Store'.
Within the classroom, she asked the children to read every morning when they came in, and allowed them to read their own books rather than just the reading scheme books. This gave children a sense of ownership over the literature they chose to read, and made it a more enjoyable experience. The importance of reading was made obvious and clear, and it was one of the school's priorities to get children reading for pleasure. Within literacy lessons, the importance of reading was linked clearly with writing as we were studying stories from other cultures.