Periods of silent, sustained reading that are built into the school day are essential to improving students' literacy and love of reading. Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) days are a perfect way to incorporate independent reading into your classroom. However, DEAR days tend to fall apart when there is no accountability; students are great at making it look like they are reading when they aren't. But how can you check? Here are ten ideas that will help you check in on students' progress and make DEAR more productive.