personal and focused than general classroom whole-group instruction, or even
differentiated small-group instruction during the regular classroom hours. Rich book-centered
discussions can be brilliant motivators for readers. These discussions...
individual optimism about their skills as a reader). Additional reasons for reading
participation, as addressed by Guthrie and Anderson, are recognition (the desire to be
known as a good reader), competition (the desire to be the best reader in...
Learning clubs (book clubs, literature circles) should be deliberate and
specifically aimed at desired learning goals. To effectively motivate reluctant readers,
teachers must help students experience autonomy in selecting interesting...
Educators have a huge effect on student motivation. Enthusiasm can help undo
years and years of self-perceived failure. Demos and Foshay have reflected on the
importance of the teacher’s role in modeling reading enthusiasm.
fostering engagement. Positivity, optimism, and hopefulness can help override negative
feelings students have connected with reading. McRae & Guthrie propose
…We maintain that when teachers model their own personal identification as
motivation to read and have been shown to improve students’ reading levels and
performance on tests.
Book clubs can provide new exposures to reading opportunities that many
students have not been exposed to in the past. Diversity is welcomed...
The purpose of this creative project was two-fold. The researcher designed,
developed, and delivered an in-service presentation to the faculty at Eagle Elementary in
Southern Utah. The intended results of this training...
Participants and Setting
Those who were impacted by the creation of this project were elementary teachers
and students at Eagle Elementary School. A specific emphasis was placed toward third-grade,
fourth-grade, and fifth-grade teachers, as well...
and aliterate (students who can read, but choose not to) readers. A complete log of events
was kept to record activities related to the creative project. All materials have been
properly compiled and organized for review as part of this study,...
Elementary School. This training session included supplying teachers with
current research, identification/observation tools, and motivational ideas geared
toward reluctant readers. (November 2011)
5. Upon final completion of book club...
concerns and opinions where student commitment to reading was concerned. Teachers
participated in observations in their own classrooms and shared data with the researcher
based on habits and reading interests being demonstrated in individual...
Reading is an essential skill for survival in society. Reading avoidance in
elementary school can lead to great chasms of achievement throughout school years and
into adulthood. Apathy towards reading leads to achievement gaps...
level, fifth grade readers. At each club meeting, discussion centered on the previous
assigned text, and then a new reading assignment was given, with the expectation it
would be read and participants would be ready to thoughtfully discuss the...
• Create book recommendations for a display in the school library. These book
recommendations featured a book of choice, a written recommendation, and
participant photos. (See appendix E)
• Sharing morning “announcements” with school...
reading positivity, and improved reading attitudes. The researcher was especially
interested in comments mentioning factors such as increased reading time at home,
student verbalized enjoyment of club activities, and comments declaring...
Upon completion of the project, parents were again surveyed for opinions concerning
home reading attitudes.
Final Parent Survey Results
Observed/ Increased time...
no longer think reading is a waste of time like I used to”. S7 stated, “Reading before was
boring, but it is really great now”. S8 stated, “At first I didn’t know how to pick a good
book, so it was hard to find good books. Then I went...
Student Journal Reflections
Weekly journal entries were implemented and drawn on as a reflection of
changing reading outlooks (appendix M). Participants were instructed to answer
researcher provided prompts once weekly. These telling journal...