Popcorn Reading: A Not-So-Tasty Idea

“Popcorn reading”  is a method of group reading that is often used in the classroom. The way it works is that one student begins reading a segment of the page, then calls on the person they choose to read next.

The problems I find when observing the popcorn reading method, or similar methods, is that students spend more time worrying about being called than they do listening to what is being read.


A lot of the information is not absorbed by certain students because they are too busy worrying about reading out loud in front of all their peers. It is important that these feelings are avoided in the classroom.

Alternatives to popcorn reading include, but are not limited to: allowing volunteers to read, allowing individual reading, and reading to the students. Here is an extensive list of fun alternatives that can be used in the classroom.


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