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Linden:It would be a crime if teachers ignored the purpose of silent reading and 
let kids do homework.  Before we implemented it, the principal and I presented a 
short inservice using Stephen Krashen's book The Power of Reading (now in its 
second edition).  We also created a crate of books for teachers to use.  I use lots 
of my book fair profit, points from book clubs, and trips to the warehouse sale to 
help supply the crates, and we asked for donations of "gently used books".  Teacher 
also contribute.  It needs to be made clear to teachers and students that they are 
EXPECTED to read.  I guess part of the key is finding something of interest for 
each student-- the same goal with or without silent reading.  You can also share 
interesting things to read.  For example, when the movie "Radio" came out, I 
printed out the original article from Sports Illustrated with the true story of 
Radio and left it in the copy machine room for teachers who wanted to make copies 
for their classes to read.
I have also had teachers who make a point to bring classes to the media center on 
Tuesday, since we have silent reading on Wednesday morning.
Your principal and other administrators need to make it clear to the staff that you 
are doing what is best for the students, not what is easiest for the staff.  Many 
teachers give up their expectations and don't "make" the kids read.  I know; we 
have the same problem at my school, but most do participate.
Susie HighleyCreston Middle School Media SpecialistMSD Warren 
TownshipIndianapolis(not that far from you!)

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