Dare to DEAR

A collaboration between our Year 9 English teachers, Mrs. Bradbeer and Miss. Hodge, and the teacher-librarian commenced this week.

Year 9 English DARE Reading Project – Drop Everything and Read

The aim of the program is to get Year 9 students reading a range of different texts, trying new books and taking a few risks. The teachers are hoping that by the end of the year our Year 9s will have DARED to read widely and engage with a range of texts. So why should we read, and read a lot?


Why should our Year 9s  read and read a lot?

This article suggests that simply reading a novel can improve your brain connectivity.


“The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader’s ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of a muscle memory in sports.”

Reading is also where we learn about language and words, how we structure them to communicate and convey meaning. Good readers often become good writers. Improved literacy skills will benefit you in all your subjects.

Our DARE program will see all of us encouraging our students to work hard on reading texts together as a whole class and encouraging one another to read individually. How will we do this?

In consultation with the relevant English teacher and myself, students will choose a novel to start reading this term. Some will read several. Students are expected to bring this novel to class so that if we have time we will Drop Everything and Read. At home, we want to encourage students to make time to Drop Everything and Read. This might mean saying no to more time on a smartphone, iPad, the TV or your PS4.  All students should make time to read for 20 minutes each day.


So how well did our inaugural lesson go? Sixteen Year 9H students borrowed a book that they may never have considered before.  Eleven from Year 9G did likewise. This is excellent compared to many students usual habit of reading for the duration of their lesson and then putting the book back on the shelf and hoping that they might find it when the next lesson comes around! There were an additional seven students who continued reading a book that they had borrowed last lesson.

So we are not yet to 100% but we have made a big step in the right direction!

Go Year 9 – we dare you to be reading heroes!

See what Year 12 English has been up to this week in our Library.