Motivating Students to Read

by: Kellie Mossler

Why Motivate?

  • Motivate students to read so they will not just be in your class, but be engaged in your class
  • We need to motivate students so that they will continue to develop as readers

Ingredients of an Effective Reader

Students need to be able to think:
  • Within the Text: Does the student know how to read and understand the text?
  • Beyond the Text: Can the student make predictions about future parts of the reading?
  • About the Text: Is the student able to make connections to concepts outside of the reading?

Track Progress to Motivate Students

  • Using Benchmarks to Monitor Progress
  • Analyzing Behaviors to Know How to Intervene
  • Keep Data to Track Success
  • Allow Students to See Progress
  • Use Running Records and Charts to Monitor Progress

Ways to Motivate Students

  • Interactive Read-Alouds (whole class)
  • Literature Discussion (small groups)
  • Guided Reading (small groups)
  • Independent Reading (individuals)

Factors that Contribute to Motivation

  • Self-Efficacy: Does the student believe that he or she can read?
  • Successful Processing: Can the student understand the text? Is their understanding enhanced through explicit classroom instruction?
  • Engaging Texts: Are the books available to the student exciting? Do they appeal to the student?
  • Appropriate Text Level: Is the text too hard or too easy for the student?
  • Shared Understanding Through Talk: Does the student feel comfortable enough to discuss?
  • Social Motivation: Does the student feel like a member of a supportive classroom community? Is a student's reading success being celebrated by the class?

Ideas for Future Resources

  • Blogs
  • Conferences
  • Twitter
  • Books
  • Research Articles


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Information: Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2009). When readers struggle teaching that works. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.