How are Reading Experiences Transforming Students in a Virtual World?
The last two years have challenged the way students and teachers engage in reading experiences. Many traditional face-to-face formats have been replaced with hybrid, remote, online, and a combination of these virtual formats. When thinking back to the way most people experienced literature or grew to love reading, it is likely the moment occurred in a traditional setting of some sort. Teachers are still expected to instill a love for literature in their students despite classes being held in different formats. Common concerns expressed in the education community are “How can I make my students enjoy reading when they can never hold a book?” “How can I hold my students accountable with silent reading when they are taught in a virtual environment?” “How are my students getting exposure to literature in these non-traditional settings?” These questions and many others like this have been on the forefront of today’s educators’ minds. Teachers need to create experiences that allow their students to have those same moments as once were offered traditionally. This article provides specific strategies, online resources, and approaches to guide any teacher exposing children to literature in today’s learning environments.
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