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The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
The Matthew Effects By Tamar
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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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