ASSESSMENT: CTW talks about the value of using self-assessment when asking students about their reading interests. A "Reading Attitude Assessment" can be conducted at the beginning of the school year, in the middle and at the end. It can be useful not only for the teacher but the students as well especially if there has been any change in attitudes towards reading (CTW, p. 201).
This BLD activity is a great way to engage students through writing or illustration styles that are associated with specific authors. BLD notes that teachers can even fins interviews with many authors online (BLD) I love that this activity can get students excited about authors. It would be great if the teacher had access to lots of book by these authors to that students can explore many books of a similar style.
INSTRUCTION: Starfall is an online game that can help young students learn about letter sounds, vowels, reading and spelling (BLD). Integrating games and technology into the classroom can be very motivating for students who are learning to read and write (BLD). This game also highlights high frequency words with songs to help kids read trough the stories and activities (BLD). I have seen kids use this activity and they love it so much they don't even realize it is helping them learn.
Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation
UNDERSTANDING: Reading rockets talks about how students usually have reason for reading, and for choosing to not read something. Intrinsic motivation is highly associated with students who read often and therefore are more experienced and better readers, than those who are not intrinsically motivated to read (RR). Students who are extrinsically motivated by authority to read, tend not to have high reading scores. (RR) The challenge is to extrinsically motivate students while increasing…
INSTRUCTIONS: Motivations for Literacy is all about engaging young reader and hooking them into reading for life. BLD suggests that engaged readers are more likely to understand the texts the read not only because they can, but because they want to (BLD). A whole year could even be rooted in an interesting novel like "Wonder". There are many potential opportunities for incorporating this book to science, drama, and even social studies An interesting novel study can help teach a love for…
ASSESSMENT: The balanced literacy diet suggests that it is necessary for teacher to assess how motivation their students are to read. If students are unmotivated, the next question a teacher needs to ask is "why". The focus should then be placed on "how" the classroom can becoming a motivating reading environment for that student and how they can be convinced that reading is a valuable and useful skill. The goal is increasing student engagement.
Reading Motivation: What the Research Says
UNDERSTANDING: Reading Rockets outlines that the research shows that students who are offered more choice in what they read are often more interested and motivated to do so. They also suggest the importance of providing students' books at their reading and grade level.
INSTRUCTION: Albert Bandura (1986) suggests that motivation is often a result of one's self-efficacy. If students are given easy, decodable texts early in the year, the hope is that they will become so confident that they love to read and will continue to do so. (Reading Rockets). The Cat in The Hat is a great book to read with a grade 1 class. Teachers can then leave the book, and similar books in the room for them to successfully read on their own, to each other, or even to the whole…