This tip comes from Dornel Cerro, head librarian at Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California.
Dornel says her biggest success in encouraging young readers has come from getting to know her students as much as possible. She says talking to kids in small groups, or one-on-one, helps her discover a student's interests and reading level. She also uses reading surveys - either because a particular teacher wants something on paper, or because a particular student feels more comfortable communicating in writing.
Dornel says it's "lots of hard work to keep tabs on kids," and admits she has an advantage at Sequoyah where there are only 300 students. She says she mostly keeps track of her students' reading information in her head, but sometimes tells them, “just remind me, I’m getting old.”
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