Establish Daily Reading Routines to Combat COVID-19 Learning Loss


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a cornerstone feature of public education was SSR. SSR stands for Sustained Silent Reading, and while the exact implementation of SSR programming can vary greatly depending on the district or school or grade level or teacher, the idea is that students are regularly reading for recreation.

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For three weeks, students, teachers, and parents were in limbo, waiting to find out what would happen with the rest of the school year. I engaged with as many students as I could online, asking them to simply read something and write something every day but finding that unless I posted a specific assignment to read and respond to, it didn’t happen.


As we approach the end of the academic year, a lot of the conversation is about how schools will combat the learning loss students have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures.

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