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Newsletter 8 Do Teachers Read?

Teachers read often. Reading is part of the job of teachers. Planning for curriculum implementation and learner assessment implies the skill of reading. The job of facilitating learning and teaching comes along with the duty to read. Why it is then that research suggests that teachers are not prolific readers? This view of lack of reading by teachers has been confirmed by my own action research. The work of teaching has to do with brain, physical and emotional development. Teachers should remain current with curriculum, didactics and pedagogical improvements. To do these teachers should have a passion for knowledge and reading. Teachers should find time in their busy lives to read for empowerment, recreation, love and research. Reading beyond planning and direct teaching is an imperative for good teaching and learning and forms an integral part of teacher professionalism.