3 Key Strategies for Motivating Students to Read
Reading was always my FAVORITE subject in school. As a kid, I remember raising my hand with unbridled enthusiasm so that I might be chosen to read aloud to the class, “round robin” style. Whether it was the basal reader, a class novel or worksheet passages, I was hooked. I just loved to read. Anything.
This love of reading inevitably lead me to choose teaching as a career, as I’m sure was the case for many educators. As an elementary reading teacher (and parent of 3 kids), I’ve come to learn that this love of reading does not come naturally to all children. It’s a challenge for those of us that eat, sleep and breathe books to understand that, for some, reading is a chore. It is something that is required, or in some cases, something to be avoided at all costs!
Our classrooms are full of kids along the reading spectrum. So how do we help nurture a love of reading in our students, especially those that are the most reluctant (or even averse!)? Research tells us that intrinsic motivation is key and that sticker charts and pizza parties can actually decrease motivation. Yikes!
We’ve put together a list of 3 key research-based strategies that will help build a community of readers and increase intrinsic motivation for even the most reluctant reader in your classroom.