Understanding Student Reading Habits through a Student Reading Survey

November 14, 2008

From David Reynolds (West Hills): “Helping Students Read Difficult Text”

ASSESSMENT of READING – Before helping my students read difficult text, I first had to know what, how and when they read. There are many Reading Inventories available and I chose to give my students the WestEd Reading Apprenticeship Student Reading Survey.

I needed to know…

  • What my students physically and mentally do when they actually read
  • Preconceived ideas as to what they believe makes a successful reader
  • What are the kinds and frequency of books they read
  • Do they socially share their reading experiences, and
  • What interests them in their reading.
  • Examining answers on a Reading Inventory helps me spot troublesome or unusual responses about their reading habits and thinking. Erroneous beliefs about their own reading skills need to be thought through, talked about, corrected and revised in their own minds if positive feelings about success in reading are going to be achieved.

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