http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/04/03/28pnbk_reading.h31.html. This article highlights some of the challenges in getting students to read.

How do we get our students to read?

– Recognise students interests and exploit them in the class.

– Give students a reason to read. Assigning a reading doesn’t work if there is no legitimate reason to tackle that complex piece of reading.

– Teach students to read the article. The text may be inaccessible for some students because of language structures that may have to be explained, or content that they will find dense if they haven’t been prepared for it.

– Have a large collection of good reading material in the classroom that students can have access to. And find ways to allow students the chance to explore the range so that they begin to move out of their comfort zones.

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