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    • The Matthew Effects, or I loved to read when I was young; school made me hate it!
    • The Matthew Effect states that:
      • Those already rich in reading get richer (inference from Matthew 25:29)
      • Coined by reading researcher Keith Stanovich.
      • He has observed a widening gap between students who read and those who do not.
    • Some major causes for this shift:
      • Internally, physical growth and shifts in emotional outlook.
      • Hormones!
      • Externally, peer pressure and socialization.
      • By seventh grade, school is ‘a brain factory’.
    • When we were young …
      • Reading was something parents did with their kids
      • Parents got to teach the LOVE of reading!
      • Kids thought books were magical…
    • Somewhere around sixth grade…
      • Kids begin to ‘discover’ each other.
      • They also get bored more easily!
      • They don’t like what is called ‘required’ reading.
      • So, they stop reading (at least at school).
    • What can teachers do about this?
      • Establish personal interaction.
      • Use these interests as ‘bait’ for reading-related activities.
      • Allow students to access prior knowledge.
      • Find out what turns them on!
      • The bait will keep them interested!
      • Let them be the experts that teach you!
    • What about the curriculum?
      • Teachers feel ‘locked in ’ to the demands of the state and their departments, right ?
    • Getting the best of both worlds…
      • Be persuasive – offer choice as the bait to complete required reading.
      • The more students read, the more likely they are to love it again!
    • Sharing is a good thing!
      • The more encouragement they get, the more likely students are to share.
      • Student empowerment through choice of material encourages mutual trust.
    • They will keep reading !
      • Teenagers deserve the choice to read what they want.
      • Let them share their knowledge and interests!
      • They will retain their love of reading for life!
    • This presentation was made by:
      • Tamar B.
      • Spanish teacher
      • Lifelong reader
      • Book lover!