Do you have a Professional Learning Community? (We call ours a Professional Learning Team.)
We've had PLT for a few years now. Luckily this year our PLT is facilitated by a TLC, like Antoinette.
This week we were discussing how we judge that a student has read an adequate amount?
In Richard Allington's words, volume of reading.
In other words
How much should kids read each day?
Upon my initial Google search most research talks about time in minutes.
I don't like calculating reading amount that way, since some readers struggle to read, they inherently will read less volume in the minutes than a proficient reader. How will they close the gap that way?
And as Allington points out, struggling readers should be reading more than proficient readers.
So we got to thinking and researching.
In toddlers and preschool students, you judge their future success by the amount of words they know or are exposed to. Shouldn't the same be true of reading?
It's not the number of minutes, but the number of words!
Luckily Scholastic.com had compiled some research our team is going to discuss next week.
The quote I found most valuable: