Tuesday, October 8, 2013

D.E.A.R. Drop everything and read

Several of my schools run Drop Everything And Read programs where D.E.A.R. is scheduled once or twice every week.  The school falls silent except for that wonderful sound of pages turning.

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What is D.E.A.R.? 
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From http://www.dropeverythingandread.com

D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a  celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really? 

Drop Everything and Read-where dropping things (chores, errands, paperwork, staplers . . . okay, maybe not that last one) and reading books is highly encouraged! 

Our assertion around here is that reading, whether you’re on your own or cozied up on the couch with your kids, is so much more fun and rewarding than just about anything else (especially, chores!). So, we’re telling folks of all ages to “drop” what they’re doing and pick up a book, instead.

D.E.A.R. can be an individual home activity or , as I often participate in, a school-wide activity.  

How Does it Work?

Very easy to organize, D.E.A.R. is a great way to get both staff and students reading! Once a week (or more often) an specific time is set aside where the whole school will clear their desks off, or find a comfy spot on the floor to take their book and read quietly. Every student in the school brings in their own reading material or a book from the school or classroom library  An announcement is made over the P.A. letting the school know that D.E.A.R. is about to  begin.  The whole school will stop, drop what they are doing and to read, for pleasure, for 20 minutes.  A follow-up  announcement lets students know when it ends.

Alternatively, classes can schedule their own D.E.A.R. time, close the classroom door and enjoy a book for a while. I prefer the school-wide version because it usually illuminates the chances for interruption.  Since the whole school is involved, there are no classes moving in the halls and no visitors knocking on room doors.  P.A. interruptions are usually suspended during the 20 minutes.

It is a great way to take a break from an intensive lesson or to calm everyone down after recess or ease into the day.

Many Public Libraries, School Libraries and Library Systems hold annual D.E.A.R. events advertised with posters, bookmarks, book fairs and t-shirts.

Poster used by Library Resource Centre Managers in North Lanarkshire.

from the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association

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