Motivation for Literacy

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When children understand the purposes of literacy, they view reading and writing as its own reward (CTW, 2016). Intrinsic motivations for literacy engagement often stem from interest –examples include curiosity to learn more about a topic or engaging with new and exciting learning materials (Reading Rockets, 2017). Contextualized literacy experiences such as writing a letter to a friend in a classroom are meaningful to students, which also fosters motivation for literacy (Turner & Paris, 1995).

Having mailboxes within the classroom promotes a motivation for literacy. With a specific purpose of letter writing, students will feel engaged and motivated to partake in literacy activities and improve their writing abilities. Writing Process, Writing Skills, Writing Strategies, Learning To Write, Writing Practice, Classroom Mailboxes, Positive Behavior Support, Intrinsic Motivation, Balanced Literacy

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INSTRUCTION – Classroom Mailbox Motivating Students to Write Letters to Friends: Writing letters or birthday cards is an excellent way to reinforce the purpose for writing (i.e., conveying a message), as well as increasing student engagement (Turner and Paris, 1995; CTW, 2016). A classroom mailbox allows students and their peers to make personal connections to their writings, can allow for differentiated engagement (letters can be long or short), and it is fun!

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ASSESSMENT - Reading Survey: Teachers learn about what their students like about reading, what kinds of genres they enjoy, and about their least favourite aspects of reading. Since motivation is closely tied to interest and self-efficacy (CTW, 2016) this is an assessment for learning (MOE, 2013) as it will inform the development of learning activities (what needs were identified?), the learning environment (where do they like to read?), and classroom materials (what do they enjoy reading?).

Need some assessment of student writing? Inspire creative writing with a 'Wonder Box' filled with fun picture cues. Narrative Writing, Writing Workshop, Writing Process, Assessment For Learning, Inquiry Based Learning, Literacy Programs, Writing Programs, Intrinsic Motivation, Balanced Literacy

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ASSESSMENT – Unusual Picture Cues to Inspire Creative Writing: Unusual pictures are an excellent way to motivate students to write creatively, and the stories written by the students provide an excellent resource for assessment for learning (BLD, 2017). Teachers can assess the complexity of the student’s ideas, document writing progression over time, and observe what pictures were most interesting/inspiring to students which could inform later instructional decisions (Learning for All…

INSTRUCTION: Incorporate a literacy corner that includes both fiction and non-fiction texts. Can also decorate the corner monthly to have a motivating reading atmosphere that is relevant to the themes/stories being read in the class at that time. Fiction Vs Nonfiction, Reading Skills, Reading Areas, Intrinsic Motivation, Literacy Programs, Friendly Letter, Balanced Literacy, Classroom Community, Student Motivation

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INSTRUCTION - Creating a Space for Students to Explore Texts: An important aspect of a literacy rich environment is having a designated space in the classroom for students to explore and engage with a variety of texts (Reading Rockets, 2017). A “Reading Corner” is an excellent addition to the classroom. By creating a cozy, appealing place to for students to read, teachers can motivate students to use these spaces during free time and provide a “hub” for literature in the classroom.

INSTRUCTION: Celebrating One Hundred Books - This collaborative learning goal motivates students to engage in consistent reading practise and strengthens the bonds of the classroom community as all students - regardless of reading level - can contribute. Reading Goals, Reading Levels, What To Read, Learn To Read, Intrinsic Motivation, Balanced Literacy, What Book, Student Motivation, Teaching Activities

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INSTRUCTION - Celebrating One Hundred Books to Promote the Enjoyment of Reading: A teacher’s high expectations for his/her students often translates into students having high expectations for themselves (CTW, 2016). Reading 100 books may seem like a difficult task, however, teachers who encourage students to read every day, sets achievable reading goals with students, and celebrates when students achieve sends the message to students that reading is important and increases engagement.

INSTRUCTION - Using Games to Foster Engagement in Literacy: Using games is an excellent way to motivate students to develop literacy skills. Through games, the teacher can participate in a shared experience that is highly enjoyable for the student and can also provide scaffolding in a fun and contextualized way (CTW, 2016). There is a wide variety of literacy-rich games; some include Story Cubes, Boggle Jr., Sight Word Pizza, Scrabble, and Reading Safari. Story Cubes, Intrinsic Motivation, Friendly Letter, Boggle, Literacy Skills, Student Motivation, Scaffolding, A Classroom, Sight Words

INSTRUCTION - Using Games to Foster Engagement in Literacy: Using games is an excellent way to motivate students to develop literacy skills. Through games, the teacher can participate in a shared experience that is highly enjoyable for the student and can also provide scaffolding in a fun and contextualized way (CTW, 2016). There is a wide variety of literacy-rich games; some include Story Cubes, Boggle Jr., Sight Word Pizza, Scrabble, and Reading Safari.

Using Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) or practices to encourage engagement, educators can advance the breadth and depth of students' reading by explicitly and systematically nourishing students' motivations as readers. Reading Motivation, Intrinsic Motivation, Self Efficacy, Meta Analysis, Friendly Letter, Student Success, A Classroom, Reading Activities, Outlines

Teacher Practices that Impact Reading Motivation

UNDERSTANDING: This article is an excellent resource outlining classroom practices that support motivation for literacy. It describes 5 motivations for achievement in literacy: Interest, Ownership, Self-efficacy, Social interaction and Mastery. The article also describes positive experiences that affirm motivation for literacy and negative experiences that undermine motivation for literacy. The article provides evidence based practices backed by Guthrie & Humenick’s meta-analysis (2004).

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INSTRUCTION - Using Technology to Foster Engagement: As many teachers and parents likely know from experience, students LOVE engaging with technology. Teachers should take advantage of the internet, as it provides an unlimited supply of resources that connect directly to their students’ interests (CTW, 2016); students can read books on iPads, play literacy-rich games on computers, and teachers can use Promethean Boards to provide engaging and interactive instructional approaches for…