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Monitored Independent Reading (MIR)

During MIR students silently read leveled books that are at their independent reading level. As the student reads, the teacher walks around and listens to students read each day, assessing how the student is applying the reading strategies/behaviors taught using checklists, rubrics, or anecdotal notes. Students can complete extension activities or response notebooks as part of a literacy center.
To be successful in MIR three factors must be considered:
1.     Student engagement and attitudes towards reading
2.     Reading behaviors
3.     Accountability
Teachers need to teach these elements to make MIR successful.
1.     Choice – how to choose the right kinds of books
2.     Strategies – reading strategies
3.     Time – provide ample amounts of time to read
4.     Goal – reason for reading and accountability

Information about MIR
Independent Reading Conference forms
Reading Log Ideas