By Irene Fountas
When you think about the students who are not reading successfully at the grade level, what becomes immediately noticeable?
I think first of a lack of engagement and motivation, attributing that not to the student, but to the context that has not supported her success. Of course we need to think about the importance of excellent teaching, but our first goal needs to address the engagement of the learner. Many of these students would not choose to read. Or at the very least, they might not choose to read what we offer them. Let’s think together about the issue of student engagement and motivation in this blog.
What do you notice about what does engage the student? Our conversation can focus first on the context we provide for their learning.
- Learning activities that include talking and thinking with peers.
- Time for real reading.
- Multimodal texts – texts with a variety of graphica – images, sidebars, boxes, photographs, etc.
- Texts with informational topics relevant to their lives.
- Short texts related to social issues they grapple with.
Do you have some of the same observations? What would you add to the list? Please respond with your comments and we can share our thinking!