As independent reading time began I noticed a student was having a hard time settling into his book. My first reaction was to think of strategies to make sure he was 'hooked' and understanding his book and then it hit me. This student joined us in December. He hasn't built his reading stamina yet.
I was quickly reminded that nearly the entire class looked like he did now, back in September. So, instead of jumping in I let him squirm a while. I watched as he kept glancing as if he was trying to figure out why these kids, the one whose behavior can be challenging at other times during the day, were doing nothing but reading - page after page.
After a couple of conferences with other students I planted myself next to him. He read some to me and we discussed the book he was reading and what he thinks is going to happen next and why. As I was leaving I let him know that it was OK that our reading time seemed like forever. At the start of the year the other kids would have agreed.
"You'll get used to it." I encouraged him as I went to jot down my notes.
And he will.
I LOVE growing readers.