Motivating Students to Read
by: Kellie Mossler
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?
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
- Research Articles
Reading Chart Photo: http://tunstalltimes.blogspot.com/2013/09/classroom-systems-that-work.html
Information: Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2009). When readers struggle teaching that works. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.