Sustained Silent Reading takes place everyday at the start of 2nd period, 9:25 to 9:44. Read. Read something that you pick. Read something that you are interested in. Read to escape. Read to learn. Read to be entertained. Read to be informed. Read to laugh. Read to cry. Read to be scared. Read to be amazed. Read for your own reasons. Just read.
Q: What can I read during SSR?
A: Anything you choose. You can read fiction or non-fiction. Choose novels, manga, comics or other graphic books. You can choose books about any subject you are interested in. Just remember that SSR is not meant for reading textbooks or other materials assigned by teachers. You should read something that you choose because you are interested in it.
Q: Why do I have to be silent during SSR?
A: Silence allows everyone in the room to concentrate on their reading. This includes you! You will be able to focus better on what you are reading if you are in an environment free of distractions. There aren’t enough places or times in the day for people to find environments suitable for reading (and thinking) deeply. With SSR we are trying to create that environment for 20 minutes for everyone at school.
Q: So can I whisper during SSR?
The DEAR Challenge has been issued by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, to all the people of this province, to Drop Everything and Read. Join with people from all walks of life around BC to celebrate the value of reading. While most will stop at 11:oo for 20 Minutes of Silent Reading, stop whenever you can today for some SSR. At Lord Tweedsmuir we have an SSR period each day from 9:27 t0 9:46. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable time to read something that you enjoy.
The BC Teacher Librarians Association (a division of the BCTF) has issued its 9th Annual DEAR Challenge: Drop Everything and Read! On Monday, October 26th, people all over British Columbia are going to stop working, put down the phones, turn off the screens, ignore the texts, and just read! Join in and show that you believe that literacy is vital. Find a good book, magazine or newspaper. Enjoy some sustained silent reading.
Sustained Silent Reading is on! Every day at the start of Block 2, the first 20 minutes are devoted to SSR. Take advantage by making sure that you have a good book in your hands. Come down to the Panther Den as we would love to help make that happen!
Are you looking for a quiet, comfortable place do some reading? Come down to your school library and our Silent Reading area. There you will find some comfy chairs and a quiet space to enjoy some silent reading. You can come down during the SSR period, or anytime during the day– it is silent reading in that area all day, every day. No homework, no screens, no talking, just wonderful, wonderful reading.
Why SSR? (Reason #8 of 3,487,659) Reading allows you to visit other times. You can experience life in other eras, whether it is historical fiction that takes you to the past, or speculative fiction that imagines the future. You can go back to your own past of the the last few years, or you can go back deep into history. You are physically stuck in this time and place but reading allows you to visit other times and places with your mind.
Of course, even better: (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.
Why SSR (Reason #17 of 3,487,659): Escape. Reading gives you a little bit of time to escape from this world. Maybe you are having a tough time and just need a break from your worries. Reading, especially reading fiction, allows you to escape from this world for a short time and explore new worlds of wonder, mystery, excitement and fun. You can’t hide from your problems. It isn’t healthy to look for a constant escape from this world. But everyone could use a little escape now and then. Reading is a healthy and revitalizing way to do it!
It is National School Library Day, part of International School Library Month and Canadian Library Month. It is also the day for the annual DEAR Challenge: Drop Everything and Read.
Explore this site online, or visit us in person to check out the space, to find out more about why school libraries are so vital.