How can students be motivated to read?
Reading and writing are the two basic skills children acquire in their kindergarten years, besides learning to identify objects. As they progress, it becomes even more important for them to indulge in academic activities. All of this starts with reading.
Reading acts as a way to capture students’ attention. This serves the purpose of making them more focused and balancing their percentage of attendance in the attendance management system. Both are equally important to guarantee student progress.
In the early years of schooling, middle school students comprehend information and try to memorize a few things. As they continue to high school, learning and memorizing becomes even more prominent. Studying effectively requires a student to read the text carefully. However, it has been found that students of the present generation don’t fancy reading much. They would rather watch informative videos. Although audio and visual learning formats have gained their importance through the establishment of a learning management system, the traditional forms of learning through reading the text still have multiple benefits.
Teachers can pitch in and encourage every child to read not only their textbooks but also other things that they find interesting. Here are a few tips for educators to motivate students to read;
To motivate students of all ages to read, teachers should make an effort to demonstrate reading things out themselves. Become the role model that your students then look up to, and allow them to learn from you. The best form of motivation comes from the desire to do the thing. Teachers should go the extra mile to read text out with expressions and constant tune changes. Using an exciting tone to read even the most boring things can trick your students into thinking it is interesting enough, and they ultimately develop a liking for the subject by trying to read it themselves. Reading is the beginning of all learning forms.
Learning management system
The LMS full form is a learning management system and efficient software that every institution relies on these days for carrying out day-to-day functions. Besides handling the administrative requirements, an LMS has multiple uses. Teachers can encourage students to read by uploading informative content that the particular age group of students might be interested in.
Sometimes the students might seem to be interested in reading but then spend most of the time staring at the pictures or words. However, if the teacher reminds them that what they are reading has to be discussed in groups, they might find the motivation to read it.
Further discussion time to be interesting, teachers can arrange for a storytelling time where the teacher demonstrates how to begin a discussion and the students eventually pitch in. If the first few discussion sessions are interesting enough, students would have a reason to read on their own.
Encouraging a middle and high schooler is not the same as encouraging a kindergartener to read. Students who have developed a bit of personality and have personal preferences are choosy and might not find some subjects interesting enough to read. Under such circumstances, teachers should not force them and rather talk about the authors whose works students admire.
In India, everyone loves authors like Ruskin bond, Rabindranath Tagore, Agatha Christy, Enid Blyton, Charlotte Bronte, Arthur Conan Doyle, and so on. Teachers could share a few parts of the life stories of authors and why they were motivated to write famous pieces. Students feel more involved with the text and the stories they read from these authors, and initially, they begin with a few books. This habit goes a long way if the teacher keeps encouraging everyone regularly in classrooms. Discussing authors is also a great way to discover new authors of the same or different genres. It helps and unique personality development of students too.
And educational institution allocates extracurricular activities too, most of which are through clubs. Some popular and generic club groups are the Sports Club, literary club, science club, art and craft club, history club, and so on. Students who are already in their literary club have the willingness to read. But this could not be the same for other club groups, especially the ones which involve physical activities like the Sports Club.
To modify this, an institution can arrange grouped activities or swapped activities twice a year where members of all club groups are required to participate in the activities of other club groups. Besides reading, it also encourages children to develop an interest in acquiring other skills.