The teacher announces, "Drop Everything and Read!" and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected.
This independent reading is much more than a just-sit-there-and-read experience. It gives the teacher a structured time to touch base with each student over a period of time, assess progress, and target instruction. Even more important, it gives students time to read what they want to read, share what they've read, and receive the support they need for further reading explorations and reflections.
All students and teachers participate in D.E.A.R. time daily in class and class is not disrupted during this time.