Support from the
C. Charles Jackson Foundation
has made this publication possible
and contributed to the projects showcased on these pages.
Considerable appreciation is due to
Dr. Bruce H. Jackson
brucehjackson@ gma il.com
Motivating Reluctant Readers
Finding the “magic potion” to motivate engagement in a young reader is
important. “Learning requires active student engagement in classroom activities and
interaction—engaged students are motivated for...
measured as the ability to understand narrative and expository text,
shown in a national sample of students (Campbell, Voelkl, & Donahue,
1997). At all three ages studied (9,13, and 17 years), the more highly
engaged readers showed higher...
An effective activity geared at motivating aliterate and apathetical readers is
participation in a learning club, specifically book clubs (sometimes referred to as
literature circles). Guthrie and Anderson suggest, “In our (reading)...
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...
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.
• What effects do positive reading experiences have on unmotivated and
apathetical readers who are currently scoring at or near benchmark levels
on reading assessments?
• Can participating in positive reading interventions and learning...
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,...
sites? Here again, important factors for practical use is evident ranging from potential for
impact, the type of project suited to the audience and match of skill with the project. The male
participants tended to chose sites where they felt that...
While other book clubs have been formed and based on the premise of drawing on
intrinsic reading motivation rather than relying on the reward of trinkets, candy, or
similar prizes, this creative project had some unique characteristics...
Research topic 2.
What images are most commonly associated with Austria? One focus of this
study was to determine what destination images are commonly associated with Austria.
When the participants were asked this question it was found that most...
Book Club Attendance Data
Book club attendance data was a strong indicator of student commitment to this
project. With the exception of one student (S7), the participants were very diligent and
conscientious with meeting attendance. Due to a...
Guthrie, J.T., (2001). Contexts for engagement and motivation in reading. Reading
Online, 4(8). Retrieved from:
Guthrie, J.T., Wigfield, A. Metsala, J.L, & Cox, K. E. (1999) Motivational...
Verbal/Linguistic in Math
Picture books about mathematics increase an interest in the students who prefer listening,
reading, or telling the story. Based on the book Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by
Cindy Neuschwander, the researcher...
Emotions in Conflict 57
In this particular situation, Mindy expressed a feeling of helplessness and being on her own. Because the parents were not acknowledging her autonomy and respecting her decisions, she reported that the resolution in this...
Emotions in Conflict 63
Ashley reported having a different perspective on this subject. She explained that when her status is ignored by parents, it actually motivates her to try harder. Because of this, she said, "I don’t know if overall it...
Employee Giving 25
the participation levels grow and I was extremely gratified to see colleagues going above and beyond my own expectations in their level of participation. I did significant follow through with my own team reminding them to...
Fishback Intern 48
I kept a weekly journal during my coaching internship in order to share my experiences and thoughts on being a coach and also on leadership in general.
Week of January 31st -
This week we had team try outs. We only had...
Fishback Intern 52
This internship was a great experience for me. I feel that my leadership skills were able to become stronger and I learned many valuable lessons on being a leader. Being the coach of this baseball team, helped me learn...