Inspiring students’ love of reading through engaging read-alouds.

“Many kids today struggle to envision the things they read in their heads—they’ve come to rely so much on graphic representations in their learning they have trouble imagining what they’re reading on their own. Bringing all five senses to bear adds experience to imagination and makes reading fun again.”

“I create specific events in the classroom that illustrate and celebrate in a three-dimensional way the story we’re reading. I might, for example, introduce students to distinctive voices for each character in the story, so that each time they speak their personalities come to life; unfamiliar music referenced in the text, so that hearing the music becomes an event in the classroom; or unfamiliar foods referenced in the text, so that kids can taste for themselves the same foods the characters eat.

“I like to think that I’m bringing “apps’ to reading, making students’ experience with a story deeper by delivering related experiences to the classroom.”

Michael Dunlea

Michael Dunlea lives with his wife and three children in Stafford Township, NJ. He teaches second grade in Tabernacle, a rural Southern NJ district. He founded the non-profit Stafford Teachers And Residents Together, START, when Hurricane Sandy h... Full Bio