Sneak Attack Could Foster Reading
Wong, Dwayne T., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Dwayne T. Wong Daily Herald Staff Writer
Officials at River Trails Middle School may use a sneak attack to get their students interested in reading.
Barry L. Ekman, principal of the River Trails Elementary District 26 school, recently told district officials he may resort to an unconventional approach to hook kids on reading.
"One of the things we're going to do is sneak up on kids to get them to read before they realize they're reading," said Ekman who is in his first year at the Mount Prospect school.
That sneak attack, he said, could include "drop everything and read" periods where students, teachers and even administrators bring something they enjoy to read and everyone in the school reads for an entire period of the school day.
Ekman said research shows that students "learn to read by reading" and a way to encourage their interest in reading is to allow them to read things they enjoy, such as the sports section of the newspaper, to get them in the reading habit.
Ekman said he would also be open to employing other innovative methods used by school principals elsewhere to get students reading. …