DEAR - Drop Everything and Read
Drop Everything And Read time is better known as DEAR time. It is time regularly set aside in the school timetable for both students and their teachers to "drop everything and read."
Here at AIM North London, we begin every day with DEAR time from 8.11am to 8.41am because we recognise the importance of improving our reading. Each student has a DEAR coach who reads aloud with the class to help improve our vocabulary and reading fluency. DEAR time is hugely important for raising our reading ages which helps us succeed across all our subjects.
Each DEAR class chooses a book with their teacher from the great range of books we have available.
Here are some of the books in our DEAR collection:
Wonder - R. J. Palacio
August ('Auggie') was born with a severe facial deformity. Written in the first person, Wonder follows Auggie as he experiences more than the usual ups-and-downs of friendships, family and a new school. The story is also told from the perspective of other characters, providing glimpses into their own behaviour and exploring the impact our actions can have on others. Celebrates the power of choosing kindness.
In three words: Friendship, Courage, Prejudice
A Kind of Spark - Elle McNicholl
When 11-year-old Addie, who is autistic, learns about the 16th century women who were persecuted for withcraft, she starts to lobby for a local memorial in her small Scottish village. With the help of a new girl at school, she fights valiantly against injustice and oppression.
In three words: Neurodiversity, Witches, Justice
I Am Malala - Malal Yousafzai with Patricia McCormack
In three words: Inspirational, Disturbing, Hopeful
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
In three words: Racism, Justice, Courage
Boy, Everywhere - A. M. Dassu
In three words: Refugees, Harrowing, Empathetic