Just reading aloud doesn’t guarantee students are going to enjoy it. Or that they are going to sit calmly and quietly while we read. Or that they’ll want to answer any of our questions we may ask before, during, or after reading to them. If we want students to love a read aloud, we need a few tricks up our sleeve.
The concept of books as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors is a powerful idea to teach students. It brings a different level of comprehension and metacognition to reading and young readers.