“Reading is an intellectual workout like no other.
It helps students grow as readers but also as writers, mathematicians, learners and thinkers.”
(Sullivan & Brown, 2013)
Please allow us to introduce our amazing Reading Leaders. Nominated by their principals, these outstanding educators are going above and beyond to help all students to be excited about reading and discover the stories behind the covers. We are so grateful to this group of Reading Leaders for sharing with all of us their ideas and programs to encourage a love of reading in their students.
School—Ardtornish Primary School, St Agnes, SA
The Ardtornish Story
Jane has made the library the cultural centre of our school. She constantly promotes books and reading through the use of special theme displays to create a rich and engaging library environment.
The schools employs a range of programs to encourage reading and help students find books they’ll love to read. Jane monitors every child’s engagement in reading as they strive to read at least 40 books a year. The school also runs its own Writers Week’ and top Australian writers and illustrators visit the school and give presentations to students about their work.
Staff strive to incorporate the development of comprehension skills across all subject areas and Jane develops classroom programs that address students’ individual needs as readers. These practices have resulted in students becoming more effective researchers and independent learners.
Jane closely tracks the borrowing rates of students across classes and she intervenes to support teachers, in classes with low borrowing rates, to set up processes to encourage more independent reading. By monitoring reading engagement across the school, Jane supports teachers to increase the level of borrowing and has increased the amount of independent reading students undertake.
Using iPads, Jane has helped students to develop short film clips to promote books. These ‘book trailers’ are available for viewing by the use of QR codes displayed around the library.
Because of Jane’s passion and ongoing promotion of literature and books, students at Ardtornish now not only know how to read but want to read!