Since the start of my training to be a teacher, I became more aware of the importance of reading. As I started my teaching career, I have been able to see more clearly why it is so important.

Reading for pleasure is something that should not be forced on anyone, otherwise they are reading as they told they are to read, and will not enjoy it. Through teaching a variety of children, each with different interests, backgrounds and abilities, I have found it better to have a range of authors and genres in my classroom for the children to choose from. By reading out loud to the class, some children become engaged and want to carry on with the book and some want to explore other books from that author.

I am one of those people, that has not been able to get into reading or books, not even as a child. As an adult and teacher, it is now my goal to read a lot more. I love reading childrens books, so I read books to my class as often as I can. Not only does this get me reading, but it inspires the children to read more too, and it allows children to hear different stories in order to find the correct genre they would like.

The most recent book I have read was called ‘The Secret Teacher’. I bought this in the summer before starting my NQT year (2 yeas ago). The cover caught my eye, I read the blurb, and I immediately thought this is a book I could like. I finished it this week. Not because it wasn’t a good book (it was – I could relate to so many things throughout the book, whilst laughing at them), but because I either didn’t have time or I didn’t feel motivated to read. Now that I have finished this book, I have started reading ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. 776 pages. I have read 4 so far. It is my goal to finish all of these pages by the end of 2020. That’s less than 10 pages a day. I read before I go to bed, and lets say this, I have been sleeping better.

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