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12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers

12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"Here are a dozen strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involves stickers, certificates, or pizza. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options. Since this is just a quick overview, you’ll notice that some strategies contain links to additional sources that you can explore later"
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Books that teens won't hate: Reaching reluctant readers

Books that teens won't hate: Reaching reluctant readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Locker Combinations is a Book Case feature by BookPage contributor and young adult (YA) literature expert Jill Ratzan.

"Avid readers can easily be boggled at best—and horrified at worst—by teens who seem completely uninterested in reading. As adults who love the written word, we want the teens in our lives to love it too. So how can we reach out to teens who don't like to read?"

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Reluctant Readers on Pinterest

Reluctant Readers on Pinterest | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Getting kids to love to read is a gift that gives back endlessly. I'm collecting ideas of how to get kids reading."

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Boys Literacy - Engaging Boys in Reading

"A boy's mind is full of thoughts about race cars, video games, sports, technology, and social networking -- so how do you get them focused on literacy?"

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Rugby league players recruited to help thousands of kids to read | Herald Sun

Rugby league players recruited to help thousands of kids to read | Herald Sun | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

 "Elite rugby league players are helping to turn around the lives of thousands of children by reading to them in the classroom under a groundbreaking literacy program...

 

Research conducted by the Australian Catholic University has found that 85 per cent of teachers believe the program has encouraged reluctant readers, particularly boys, to take up books."

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How to teach… reading for pleasure | The Guardian

How to teach… reading for pleasure | The Guardian | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"The link between reading for fun and educational success is well established, but how can teachers get reluctant readers into books?"

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Links to resources from the Teacher Network, The Guardian.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:05 AM

This is full of useful ideas and resources. 

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:16 PM

An excellent resource for teachers as it focuses on reluctant readers and those from illiterate or non reading homes.

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:49 AM

and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Using technology to engage reluctant readers

Using technology to engage reluctant readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"There’s been some recent research from the National Literacy Trust showing that more and more children are reading from the screen of an electronic device rather than from books. Surprising? Not really. When you consider that many schools offer students daily computer access and have other types of technology such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, it appears to make sense. The study shows, however, that this penchant for digital reading is “potentially detrimental to children’s reading levels”. So should we try and curb children’s enthusiasm for electronic texts?"

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Janet Law's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:22 AM

This is a good read to start reflecting on how technology can cater to learning needs of diverse learners. Like it or not, technology is here to stay. As educators and parents, we have to be open minded about what really engages our children and facilitate their learning with access to these media whilst being aware of the pitfalls too and guide them as this new generation navigates their journey of learning.

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ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers | The Hub

ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers | The Hub | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Eager readers look forward to the next thrill on the page — or on the screen, in the case of ebooks. Reluctant readers do not. They usually need a compelling reason to pick up a book, because something has taught them that reading is not 'fun.'"

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Another summary of "Attracting Reluctant Male Readers" session -  ALA Annual 2013 Conference. A copy of B.A. Binns presentation is available for download from her website (link at end of article).

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BJ Neary's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:30 PM

Lots of good reviews and links if you read this thoroughly!

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Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks

Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Here are some tips for making the most of your booktalks. These tips will work with students at any grade level."

 

Great way to promote reading!

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BJ Neary's comment, October 8, 2012 7:27 PM
Loved this, thanks!
Heather Stapleton's comment, October 8, 2012 8:22 PM
Same - thanks for the comment. :)
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The reading rules | bigbookcase

The reading rules | bigbookcase | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Australian teacher librarian Karen Powers excellent tips on "everything you need to know about turning your child into a reader".  Her blog also includes book reviews and top 10 booklists.

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Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read

Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Posters showing men reading and talking about the benefits of reading can encourage more boys to pick up books.
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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:39 PM

This article features an initiative called "Real Men Read." Simply by creating posters showing real men of different backgrounds and appearances reading, the campaign attacks misconceptions regarding literacy and masculinity. The system started by first capturing male faculty and teachers reading, yet it has expanded to include a wide range of men worthy of being role models. By debunking the myth that literacy is not masculine, the campaign celebrates male readership, one teacher at a time, with specifically disciplinary examples of literacy. One middle school even bought hundreds of graphic novels to try and hook more boys on reading. Boys, who often struggle with attention span, can grow to hate reading, yet literacy is a key component to education, particularly those that seek further education after grade school.

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Boys' Book Bloggers

Boys' Book Bloggers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Today I'm listing websites that promote books for boys. Most are blog sites. One is a "hotlist" of links to sites related to literature appealing to boys. As usual, I welcome all comments, additions and updates to this list, which will, eventually, have its own page on this blog site."

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140+ Books for the Boys of YA

140+ Books for the Boys of YA | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"...we’d like to present this wall of over 140 books that we think will speak to the boys of YA. They’re full of adventure, magic, real-world issues, and romance. Some of them are even written by - *gasp* - women. They give us all kinds of male figures: strong, brave, struggling, emotional, confused, and yes - even a few great role models. Most of all, they give us great stories for any reader -- almost all of these books appeal to us as adult women even though we are probably not the target audience from a marketing perspective. That being said, while we do think that there will always be outlier readers who feel comfortable reading anything and everything (and we love them for it), we also realize that it might be a struggle to hand-sell a book with a girl in a dress on the cover or a romance-driven plot to the "average" boy. We'd love to think of this list as a tool for educators, librarians, parents, and teens to find a great read for the boys in their lives, but anyone who enjoys a great story will find something in this wall of books."

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How to make reading really good fun

How to make reading really good fun | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"However, not every child is an avid reader, and boys particularly seem to find it harder to get into books, but there are many ways to get reluctant readers to brush up on their skills without making it feel like hard work."

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Books for Boys that Aren't “Books for Boys” | The Hub

Books for Boys that Aren't “Books for Boys” | The Hub | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I realized it doesn’t matter if a book is “for” a guy or a girl; the gender of the intended audience tends to get all mixed up when you factor in the power of a good story. Boys like stories; girls like stories. Readers in general like stories. We need to forget what we think about boys and reading and find them the stories they want."

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 2, 4:18 AM

Interesting article about boys and reading. 

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Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading

Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

 "I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote Voluntary Free Reading - the only undebatably fool-proof means of both improving reading proficiency and developing a life-long love of reading in every student." - Doug Johnson

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Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers

Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"A book review blog with a literacy lean. Contemporary young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, literary fiction--there's something here for everyone!"

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Great posts on promoting reading, literacy, book reviews, readers advisory and more!

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, January 18, 12:41 AM

I love reading yet I have grandchildren who don't enjoy it. And I know there are children and adults everywhere like that. So this blog might be of help. Also those wishing to improve their English and looking for books that will reward their effort.

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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
We've all heard this, haven't we? Boys and books don’t go together. We heard it in library school, we might see it among our patrons, and maybe even experience it at home with the boys in our lives

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Marita Thomson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:44 PM

Some outside the square ideas for what works with boys, but none of these ideas need be exclusive to them. I like the emphasis on relationship building for long term success. Settng up activities which don't start with books but can easily include them is an excellent soft sell option. Recognising that many kids want to do things rather than talk about them opens up interesting options.

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How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps

How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Today I was asked how I get my boys reading, and while I am not an expert, and some of them still don’t read as much I would love them to, I do have a few ideas.  (And yes, many of these apply to the girls as well)."

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Excellent tips from Pernille Ripp on encouraging boys (and girls) to read.

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Transforming Reluctant Readers

"They come into your library or classroom and they challenge you, they don't like reading. What can you do? Where do you look for ideas?What books are recommended by school librarians to turn things around? Ideas and suggestions here."

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BJ Neary's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:18 PM

This slideshare is awesome chock full of great ideas to get and keep kids reading!

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To encourage boys' reading, look to book clubs

To encourage boys' reading, look to book clubs | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Boys prove to be more eager readers when it's a social activity. Some area elementary schools have introduced reading clubs after noticing boys' scores on school reading assessments lagged behind those of girls.

 

...Children's authors and book publishers, as well as librarians and teachers, have responded by producing and stocking more boy-friendly materials, including action-adventure, humor and literary nonfiction."


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Megan Hall's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:27 PM

ideas to get boys into the library more

Theresa Peak Mosier's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:17 PM

Boys, here are some great reasons to be part of the Fisher Book Club!

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12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers

12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"Here are a dozen strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involves stickers, certificates, or pizza. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options. Since this is just a quick overview, you’ll notice that some strategies contain links to additional sources that you can explore later"
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Get Dads Reading

Get Dads Reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Booktrust has launched a new campaign to encourage dads in Britain to read more with their children.

 

Research shows that in most families it's mums who do the majority of reading with children, but we want dads to have the chance to enjoy time reading with their children too."

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:28 AM

A good thing to set emphasis on! Parents example plays a big role in childrens reading!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:42 PM

Dads, get your books out :) 

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Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does. I well aware that I'm on a mission -- but I also know it's a worthy one!

Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help."

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BJ Neary's comment, February 17, 2013 10:09 AM
Thanks to Heather Stapleton, many great ideas for sharing our love of reading with our students.
Heather Stapleton's comment, February 17, 2013 5:28 PM
Thanks for kind words BJ. A big thanks to all the fantastic people who share their knowledge and are passionate about inspiring young people to read. :)
Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:31 PM

ten suggestions - lots of great ideas

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Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys

Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"When confronted with over a hundred books, it can be really helpful to have expert recommendations – sort of like reader’s advisory about the reader’s advisory, if that’s not too meta for you all.  While we were putting together yesterday's wall - 140+ Books for the Boys of YA – we thought we might branch out a little bit and ask some of the authors featured in the wall itself for recommendations."
This post covers an impresive variety of quality (and fun) books for the young & young at heart - or even those who can just barely remember either state.


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