State Teachers of the Year: Independent Reading is Extremely Important

 //  May 22, 2015

State Teachers of the Year: Independent Reading is Extremely Important

How important is independent reading to a child's overall success? How often do teachers dedicate time to independent reading in the classroom?

Earlier this week, we released the results of a survey we fielded last month of the 2015 State Teachers of the Year. Today we have a bit more to share.

We asked a series of questions about independent reading inside and outside of the classroom. Here's what we learned.

1) The teachers almost universally (98 percent) agreed that independent reading is very or extremely important to a child's overall success.

2) Many of them dedicate class time for student independent reading (one-third said they find time every day), but say a "lack of time" is the top barrier to allowing more of it.

3) We asked the teachers to share advice for how they inspire students to read independently outside of the classroom. Here is some of what they shared.

We'd love to hear your ideas as well!