Thursday August 5th, 2021
Be a S.T.A.R. - Becoming a Lifelong Learner
It is said that readers are lifelong learners and leaders. Intellectual, emotional and social growth and pleasure are just a few of the benefits of pleasure reading. At Tzu Chi Primary School, students are encouraged and inspired to make it a habit to read for fun in and out of class.
Spearheaded by the English Department, the Reading Log Program called "Be a S.T.A.R.!" — Super Talented, Able Reader - was started this school year. The goal of the program is simple: to make reading one of the strong habits of primary students. For three terms, English teachers in each level provided students with online reading materials, giving them access to a variety of texts that were both educational and enjoyable. After reading a text of their choice, students freely expressed their learning, feelings or insights about what they had read. For young readers, they wrote whether they had read on their own or with their family members. The Reading Logs were often monitored to ensure consistency, and students received recognition for reading habitually.
With all the positive feedback on “Be a S.T.A.R" from both students and parents, the school had decided to extend the initiative to Indonesian Language and Chinese Language Departments. In doing so, students were immersed in assorted texts in two other languages. This gave them more opportunities to make enjoyable reading choices.
Tzu Chi Primary School believes that good readers are strong learners. By instilling the habit of leisure reading, they become knowledgeable, open-minded, and caring individuals. And this indeed makes them a S.T.A.R!
Article by: Jessa Leanne Ellaine Adriano Sumalabe (P1 English Teacher)