With students released for the summer, was sending them off with a summer reading list really the best way to promote independent reading?

Since research indicates that attention spans are waning for learners of all ages, teachers must do more to keep students interested in reading over the summer and prevent the summer slide.

In “Summer Reading 501: Helping Generation App Read This Summer,” Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jane Lofton, teacher librarian, presented creative ideas to get students excited about summer reading. For example:

1. Read Alouds

Partnering with the public library on certain initiatives,...

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Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.