The Use of Silent Reading in the Classroom

Teachers often use silent reading to help students practice independent reading skills to build comprehension and improve reading proficiency. The purpose of this study was to explore how the classroom environment and its factors shaped my second grade students' engagement during silent reading time. I asked: (1) How are the students in my classroom experiencing silent reading time?; (2) What classroom environmental factors are shaping students' silent reading experiences in the classroom? Through surveys, interviews, video-recordings of silent reading time, and document collection, I learned that students of varying proficiency levels enjoy silent reading time and find it important to their daily schedule. Data also suggested that they enjoyed this silent reading time when in a comfortable and quiet environment. Implications include opportunities for teachers to structure the classroom environment for optimal silent reading.