One of the challenges I face in my classroom when we do whole-class readings is getting students to read in front of their peers. On occasion, I'll have a couple of "good" readers shoot their hands up to volunteer. Typically these students become my "routine" readers. I know these students can read well, but I want to help their peers gain confidence and develop their ability to read well, too.
In my previous post, I talked about how I monitor Speed when listening to my students read. While some reluctant readers rarely volunteer (or flat out refuse) to read aloud in front of their peers because they may feel like they read too slow, but this may not be a problem for others. Instead, they may not volunteer because they have problems with pronouncing words correctly. In having listened to hundreds of students stumble over difficult words, this is the next problem I want to address in my reading instruction.