Motivation, Engagement, and Reading
How motivation, engagement, and reading achievement are related among adolescents
Why do we care about motivation when it comes to reading?
What teachers can do
- Relevance: making reading relevant to students. Examples- show a short clip of a video that relates to the text they are about to read. If the students are reading about the outdoors, take them on a nature walk.
- Little choices: Teachers don't have give broad choices, but instead should give little choices such as, which character would you like to write about? Dr. Guthrie suggest students be given one choice during every lesson.
- Working together: have students work in partners, or groups, so they have the opportunity to learn from one another. This allows the students to connect reading to social engagement.
- Assure that kids are successful: Match text to the students and help them set goals, so they can keep track of their progress.
- Help kids see the value of reading: Teachers need to remind students that reading is key, and this can be done through activities like engaging students in debates and discussions.
Principals should put motivation on their checklist and inform the teachers on certain activities they want to see take place in order for this to be accomplished.
What parents can do
- Help students get access to books.
- Read to them/with them.
- Let students know that they support their reading and value it.
- Advocate for reading. They can do this by allowing students to see the book's movie.
Motivation is not limited
Dr. Guthrie states, "engagement is more important to achievement than intelligence."
Next steps: Engaging in classroom experiments to find out how to engage and motivate the students in your classroom.