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The Matthew Effects By Tamar

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  • 1. The Matthew Effects, or I loved to read when I was young; school made me hate it!
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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’.
  • 4. 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…
  • 5. 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).
  • 6. 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!
  • 7. What about the curriculum?
    • Teachers feel ‘locked in ’ to the demands of the state and their departments, right ?
  • 8. 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!
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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!
  • 11. This presentation was made by:
    • Tamar B.
    • Spanish teacher
    • Lifelong reader
    • Book lover!

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