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    By cheri

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    I teach fourth grade and have always let my kids draw while I read. However, this year, there were a couple of kids that kept writing notes to their friends (against the rules) so I took the privledge away for a week. I was amazed how much better the kids responded to the story after they couldn't draw anymore. I decided to not let them draw for the remainder of the year, and their responses to the reading were vastly improved. This is just my experience, but I think that read aloud time will remain read aloud time with no drawing. I really want my read aloud time to become more interactive next year so I need their full attention.

    If you do this, make sure that you have rules like no writing notes and no sharing drawings, otherwise, they are not listening to you! ;)

    Good luck!:s)

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