My school has implemented a system to help all the staff show students that they read for pleasure: Each staff member has a frame outside his/her classroom or office that says “(Mr. Smith) is reading…” In this way, students can see that, not only does their reading teacher read outside of school, but so does their math teacher and their science teacher and the lady who works in the front office and the hip janitor. The students enjoy this and I’ve enjoyed it to as I’ve gotten to know a few of my coworkers a little bit better as a result.
Another way I try to show my students that it’s cool to read for fun is by reading with them during silent reading periods as often as possible. When they can see that I’m really into my book, they are more likely to make an effort to get into theirs. I also try to bring in my authentic reading materials as often as possible to work them into lessons. For example, I brought in a magazine that I had just gotten in the mail the night before to show students how I preread articles and I once used brought in my Calkins text to show students how many post-it notes I use to keep track of good ideas I find in my reading.
More suggestions for how to model a readerly life for students?