Drop Everything and Read

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
-- Mortimer Adler

Second graders Ho Min-Kyung and Lee So-ri sit quietly on the floor, sharing a quilt and Jan Brett's The Mitten. Nearby, classmate Kim Gun-Whee sprawls on a rug, giggling occasionally as he reads a dilapidated copy of Laura Numeroff's Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers. The whole room, in fact, is a mass of children and books. Even the teacher seems to be in on the action as she sits at her desk with the latest Grisham novel. What's happening in this classroom? These children and their teacher are enjoying D. E. A. R. time, a fresh method of turning kids "on" to independent reading.

What is D. E. A. R.?
Drop Everything And Read time, better known as D. E. A. R. time, is a time regularly set aside in the classroom schedule for both students and their teachers to "drop everything and read.." D. E. A. R. time conveniently accommodates a variety of student interests and ability levels, since each student selects for himself or herself the book or books he or she wishes to read. D. E. A. R. is not intended to be . . .

Making D. E. A. R. work for you . . .

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