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The magic of Whole School reading

How to turn your school into a "reading school" - DEAR!
Teachers Louise Kanolik and Ela Turker write about how they went about creating a "reading school" culture at Loxford School in Essex.

...the most important activity a school could initiate was Whole School Reading or Drop Everything and Read (DEAR). This is an activity that involves every member of the school staff and at an allotted time each week, or if you are able, every day, every member of your school community drops everything and reads silently. In our school, we have a totally blissful and welcome 15 minutes of whole school reading during Thursday's afternoon registration time, when you can quite literally hear a pin drop around school.