Before students can walk into school with their nose in a book—totally engrossed in the latest Dog Man or Wings of Fire—or stop to share their favorite I Survived title with friends, they need to be able to see themselves as readers, which is why cultivating a reading identity is so critical for educators.
What is a reading identity? Formed over time, reading identities are associated with how capable a student believes they are at comprehending texts and the value they place on reading. In other words, it requires an inquiry into a student’s understanding of both who they are as a reader and why they read.
Scholastic Editors spoke to veteran teacher, Julie Ballew who teaches language arts and social studies in Houston, Texas. With a background as a literacy coach, she shared her 3 favorite tips to help students build a strong reading identity.