The Matthew Effects By Tamar

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The Matthew Effects By Tamar

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

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