“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr Seuss
In light of the above saying, a webinar was organised by The Delhi Public School Society, HRDC on 24th June, 2021 at 4:00 pm, emphasizing on ‘Developing Reading Skills’, wherein teachers from various Delhi Public Schools actively participated in the session.
The webinar started well in time but unfortunately the organizing team could not connect with the resource person, Ms Jennifer Summerlin(as she was in USA) and therefore, Ms Vanita Sehgal ma’am, Executive Director, DPSS – HRDC took over the session.
The session commenced with a general discussion on the challenges faced by teachers while developing Reading Skills among students. This was followed with a friendly interaction and exchange of knowledge and ideas on how teachers can develop motivation and interest among students towards reading.
After carefully listening to the challenges and feedbacks from teachers, Ms. Vanita Sehgal ma’am and other participants provided solutions for challenges being faced by the teachers. It was observed that whatever solutions were suggested during the discussion, we are already implementing them in our school.
The teachers enthusiastically contributed to the discussion and gave their suggestions to overcome the challenges, which are as follows:
- Motivating students towards reading.
- Carrying a book ourselves and talking to them about it.
- Becoming model readers ourselves.
- Enacting stories to students and then reading the book with them.
- Using puppets/props while narrating the story to students.
- Choosing age appropriate books and as per the level of the reader.
- Investing in good and colourful books.
- Small kids should have books with bigger fonts, less of written matter and more of pictures.
- Having attractive libraries and making them cosy for kids.
- Allowing students to visit libraries more often.
- Do not ask the students to tell the meaning of every sentence instead the central idea of the story should be discussed (only if the child is comfortable in sharing with you).
Ms. Vanita Sehgal ma’am laid a lot of stress on making reading an enjoyable hobby for kids. She said that teachers should not ask students of the age group of 5-7 to write something about the book/famous character as this would curb their interest in reading. Rather reading should be done by their own will and not by enforcement.
The informative session fruitfully ended with various ideas that I can reinforce in my class to boost the motivation and interest among students towards reading. It reassured me on my belief that reading should not be made a tedious job for students. It should be a fun activity, which kids and adults should enjoy and do by choice. Reading should be done for pleasure. Children should be given freedom to choose their own story books. They must be encouraged to do loud and independent reading as this will help teachers and parents to correct them if they go wrong with the pronunciation.
I would like to thank the Principal, Ms Surjeet Khanna ma’am and the Headmistress, Ms Ritu Jain ma’am for giving me the opportunity to attend this webinar.