Do you teach children or adolescents who are reluctant to read?
Two variables are crucial to motivation:
- Whether we expect to be successful
- Whether we place value on successfully accomplishing the activity.
The challenge is to create a classroom environment in which your deaf students are
continually successful so that they learn to expect success, and in which your students
come to value reading because it meets their needs and satisfied their interests.
The first step in figuring out why your students are reluctant readers is to find out
how they feel about reading. What are their attitudes and interests? One way to assess
deaf childrens attitudes and interests is to observe them, during literacy
activities and during free time. While youre observing, ask yourself the following
Does the child:
- Approach reading with enthusiasm?
- Demonstrate confidence about reading abilities?
- Participate willingly in reading activities?
- Read text material thoroughly?
- Use books as resources?
- Read a variety of genre (short stories, comic books, poetry, magazine articles,
newspaper articles, scripts and plays, fables, folktales, mystery books, adventure books,
science fiction, biography, science, history, etc.)?
- Read independently?
Is the child:
- Relaxed when reading?
- Able to concentrate?
- Able to read for more than a few minutes?
Another way to assess attitudes and interests toward reading is with a questionnaire or
survey. The following open-ended questions are one type of questionnaire.
- I think reading.
- My favorite place to read is.
- When my mom or dad reads to me.
- When my teacher reads to me.
- My parents read because.
- My favorite kind of reading is.
- Id rather read than.
- The reasons that people read are.
- The reason that I read is.
- The hardest thing about reading is.
- The easiest thing about reading is.
- If I got a book for a present, I would.
- My friends think that reading is.
- When Im grown-up.
- If I were the teacher, I would teach reading by.
Barbara R. Schirmer, Ed.D.
Kent State University
Uploaded By: Debbie Slyh/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major