The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Motivation: Key to Reading Success

Episode Summary

Literacy expert Sharon Callen helps teachers understand and assess how motivated students are to read.

Episode Notes

Many teachers will say "my students aren't motivated to read!" But how much do we really know about this?

We test students, effectively and sometimes not effectively, in a number of ways to find out what they're doing and  how they're performing as readers, but we don't often take the time to discover a child’s self concept as a reader or the value they place on reading.

Are you determining the reading motivation of your students? 

What can teachers do to support reading motivation for students, and how can we make an effort to understand an individual’s motivational needs?

Designing effective and engaging instruction means considering the motivational needs of students. This is where we utilise the motivation to read profile tool, developed by Malloy, Marinak, Gambrell and Marzoni, which supports teachers in creating motivating classroom contexts for literacy.

Sharon explains the tool and how you can use it.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Motivation to Read Profile - Survey of Students

Motivation to Read Profile - Article

Seven Rules of Engagement - Article

Reading Surveys (Reading Interest Inventories)

I Can’t Said The Ant: Poem


Watching Children Read and Write Observational Records for Children with Special Needs by Max Kemp Published by Thomas Nelson, Australia, 1987

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