RE 5040 Fall 2011
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comfort and reading
Sun Dec 4, 2011 22:41

One of the best things about this project was the focus on intrinsic motivation. It avoids the unspoken challenges of extrinsic motivators (e.g., M & M's don't work if kids don't like chocolate, pizza doesn't work for kids with gluten intolerance, etc.). On one level comfortable seating is sort of an extrinsic motivator, but it is a natural part of the reading experience for most of us (hammocks, pillows, sofas...). One teacher who took this class a couple of years ago found out that none of her interventions mattered as much for motivation as giving the kids a turn to read in a moon chair she bought on sale. The real issues are choice, difficulty, large in-class libraries, modeling, and getting assessment out of the way. Good luck to all of us!

  • Re: Cozy reading area - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:20
    I have stuffed animals spread all around my room. In the past my students have grabbed them and read to them or with them. This class doesn't seem very interested in using them. I say give it a shot.
    • comfort and reading - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 22:41
      • Re: comfort and reading - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:11
        I have a rocking chair in my room. What surprised me is that NONE of the groups chose to use it. I was a little worried when some higher leveled readers and lower leveled readers paired up because I... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011