How is reading fun?

health : Awaken the desire to read - how do you do that?

How do you teach your students to read?

One thing is clear: Having fun reading is very important - and school has to awaken that. When the zoo animals are on our schedule in third grade, we not only read about them, but also take a trip to the zoo at the same time. Our school also focuses on theater. The children not only learn to speak and play freely, but also to read - after all, they have to learn their role by heart. Of course, all students bring different reading experiences from home with them - the art of the teacher is to do justice to each child, for example through "learning at stations", in which different tasks are solved in the hallway or in the classroom at several stations we take into account the different learning pace, and the children develop their own learning strategies, discover for themselves. So that a text is really understood and the meaning is grasped, the students are often given different tasks. One group then does an interview on the text, another is instructed to Create a poster Other teams come up with a headline or write a summary - so each child can be challenged and encouraged individually.

Erhard Laube is the head of the Spreewald primary school.

What new ideas for learning to read did you bring back from university?

Too few. Nobody tells future teachers how important it will be later to get across not just formal but meaningful reading. And how difficult it is. We just don't know anything about real school life. We therefore learn how to teach students to read in a methodically correct manner, but not how to motivate them to pick up a book in their free time. At the beginning of my legal clerkship, I sometimes fell on my nose with my university concepts. Because I assumed that the students had too much knowledge. Only gradually did I realize that I had to start from the very beginning, because many of them were already missing the simplest basics. Today I really do research on books with my students. We look at the cover picture and the author, think about what to expect from this book. And then you always have time to leaf through it, to browse through it. Casually. It always works. But awakening the desire to read in this way is something you only learn at school, not at university.

Christoph Jachner has just completed his legal clerkship at the elementary school on Pegauseck in Treptow.

How did you learn to read?

So I only learned to read in school, I was only able to read a few words before that. First we learned the letters and then read short texts. It was fun for me to suddenly understand everything, even if it wasn't so easy for me at the beginning. At the moment we're reading Till Eulenspiegel and Münchhausen's lies, things about knights and such, which I find really exciting. I like books where things happen, especially crime novels. But I'm not allowed to read it yet. Well, reading isn't really my hobby, I've only read four books myself so far.

Felix Tawanda Podoll is in fourth grade at the John F. Kennedy School.

What was your experience of learning to read with your children?

Only good ones. My daughter was a poor reader in the beginning because she had hearing problems. Sarah's German teacher then gave me tips on what to read at home and what to look out for. Since then we have read and read to each other at home all the time, in the bathtub and while cooking. The teachers know the weaknesses of their students and seek contact with their parents. I think it's great how they get involved. There is also a great library at the school where every child can borrow books. In addition, the teachers have organized remedial lessons that take place in front of the school from 7:40 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. - because the children are no longer receptive in the afternoon. Because an enormous number of children have reading problems, there have long been additional "reading hours" with committed mothers at school. Unfortunately, many parents make themselves comfortable at home, they no longer sit down with their children and read. Sarah now has none More problems, she reads a lot, on the bus, at home - everywhere.

Martina Lischetti is the mother of three children between the ages of two and twelve. The interviews were conducted by Juliane von Mittelstaedt. Photos: Thilo Rückeis.

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