Are you always searching for ways to motivate your students to read? Here are some great tips from members of SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community. Success will come when students clamor to the library or teachers’ rooms to select their own books, also when they see their interest peak in other subject areas, or when they see their grades improve in all classes. This is when you have the chance to help them learn to love reading. Here are some steps to help you motivate your students to read.
1. Start a reading program for your students
Just make sure that the technology you use is appropriate and not just a digital worksheet or used just for reading a book.
2. With your instruction on how to read, show them WHY to read
To motivate your students to read, give them real life examples of how reading can be helpful. Staying up on current events, learning something important, or just having fun are some great reasons why.
3. Spark their interest by listening to books on their devices
Students love technology, and when used properly, it can be a motivator. This option is great for kinesthetic learners who tend to get bored quickly.
4. Teach students to find books based on their interests
Give out a reading questionnaire at the beginning of the year so, as a teacher, you can figure out what books the students enjoy reading.
5. Plan quarter goal parties to keep up the enthusiasm
The 40 Book Challenge is found in The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and provides a complete outline on the ideas of setting goals with reading.
There are many ways to motivate your students to read, these are just a few ideas our Community Members have shared. Do you have any to add to their list?