We read several articles this week about motivation and getting students reading. Building readers is the most important thing in English Education. Something I found the most interesting in the readings was the 6 Simple Ideas to Get Kids to Read. The entire blog post was a great and simple list of ways we can get students reading. I especially liked the idea of asking the repeated question. Always asking students what they are reading. This actually helps with motivation too. Getting students talking about the books and being interested in their reading life, they will want to have a reading life.
What surprised me was the idea of keeping a reading log being a way to get students to read. I have never liked keeping a reading log. I currently have a class in which I have to keep a reading log, and I am not a fan. I spend so much time trying to catch up in my log and I don’t get a ton out of my readings. It was a surprising way to encourage students to read.
I found myself thinking about ways my teachers tried to encourage and motivate me to read. In all honesty, I couldn’t think of any ways that they encouraged or motivated me to read. They were all more focused on their required reading than anything. I never had a teacher to try to get me to read on my own. I needed to focus on my assigned reading, you know.
These articles were everything I never had to be honest. I never had a teacher to really make me want to read. If I had choices in any of my classes, especially AP English, I would have enjoyed class so much more. I am one of those students that never read the assigned works in high school, but still got As on the tests. I wish my teachers looked at English Education the same way that we do…