How to encourage kids to read for the pure joy of it!
Written by Cynthia Port.
Academic year 2016-2017 is officially ON! Bring on the new friends! Sign up for afterschool clubs! Meet some inspiring teachers! Start documenting every single page you read and every single minute you spend reading! Wait . . . whut?
Sadly, often yes.
And I get why, I really do—not all kids are avid readers, and teachers need to insure that a minimum is happening for everybody. For lots of kids, though, setting a “minimum” amount can make it feel like a maximum, as in, “Reading any more than the 20 pages my teacher assigned for tonight just makes me a sucker.”
Even worse, assigned reading can shift the whole experience of reading from the “joy” column in a young person’s life to the “chore” column. We definitely don’t want that.
Luckily, there are lots of way to keep reading in the joy column…
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