The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

A Teacher's Story: Motivating Older Readers

Episode Summary

Teacher Giselle Pulford joins literacy experts Sharon and Phil Callen to talk about how to motivate older students and help them fulfil their literacy potential.

Episode Notes

This podcast episode has been designed around the research about motivation to read, and how Giselle Pulford has intentionally orchestrated her classroom, her tasks and her teaching. 

Giselle first joined us back in episode six. She's a highly experienced year 6/7 teacher at Nairne Primary School in the Adelaide Hills. 

Definition of Reading: 

Reading is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency and motivation (Reading Rockets).

What is motivation to read? 

The likelihood of engaging in reading or choosing to read. Engaged readers are intrinsically motivated to read for a variety of personal goals, strategic in their reading behaviours, knowledgeable in their construction of new understandings from texts, and socially interactive about the reading of a text. Promoting intrinsic motivation to read should be given a high priority in the reading curriculum.

If students are not motivated to read, they will never reach their full literacy potential.

The ways a Giselle has worked out how to motivate older readers:

1. Students are motivated to read when the reading tasks and activities are relevant to their lives

2. Students are motivated to read when they have access to a wide range of reading materials

3. Students are motivated to read when they have ample opportunities to engage in sustained reading

4.Students are motivated to read when they have opportunities to make choices about what they read and how they engage in and complete literacy tasks

5. Students are more motivated to read when they have opportunities to socially interact with others about the text they are reading

6. Students are more motivated to read when they have opportunities to be successful with challenging texts

7. Students are more motivated to read when classroom incentives reflect the value and importance of reading

The thinking Giselle brings to this topic will resonate with teachers of all year levels, and we hope it will help you make some great connections with your students - in your teaching and  in their learning.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Article: Seven Rules of Engagement: What’s most important to know about motivation to read, Linda B. Gambrell https://www.readinghalloffame.org/sites/default/files/final_pdf_of_ms_10.1002_trtr.01024.pdf

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