There’s too much information streaming by my students to get them to concentrate on reading a book.
My high school students think books are artifacts from the 20th century. I can’t get them to read anything longer than a Facebook entry or a tweet.
When it comes to getting kids to sink their teeth into a novel, I’m at my wit’s end!
Does this sound like what you’re hearing in the teachers’ lounge at your school? Or when you meet with parents to talk about their son or daughter’s learning? Nic and I hear comments like this all the time.
How can we motivate our adolescents to read actual books?
Loan your students Kindles. Rent books for them to read (up to 6 students can read the same book on different devices, depending on how you set up your Amazon account).
That’s what ninth-grade teacher Mark Isero did to motivate his class. Mr. Isero, a teacher in Oakland, California, discovered that his students were much more willing to read if they could use Kindles. In his recent article in Phi Delta Kappan, “Rekindle the Love of Reading,” he explains why.
What about cost? Well . . . have you noticed how many people have latched on to the next new thing? They may have left their Kindles behind when they switched over to a mini-iPad, for example. Let people know that you can put their old Kindles to good use-- they may be willing to donate them to your classroom. Or try eBay for some deals.
How to get started? Always the heart of the matter . . . Again, Mr. Isero weighs in.
What do you think? Have you tried using digital books? Do you think you could beg or borrow a collection of Kindles or other devices? Write to us!
Inspired by “The Marshall Memo 533,” Kim Marshall, April 21, 2014. Here’s the link to the Kappan article.
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