ARTICLE: There’s a key way to get kids to read more books—and enjoy it
LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: https://qz.com/897957/how-to-get-kids-to-read-more-books/
Teach kids to love reading, not how to read.
READER REACTION: While this article seems intended to introduce the reader to a ‘for fee’ instructional content providing service (Epic!) the author, a principal with this provider, makes some very good points in it. Importantly, she points out that “All those badges and avatars won’t get kids to persevere with a book if it isn’t geared to the child’s correct reading level or the subject matter isn’t of interest.” And that “Kids look for content that excites them, for language they understand, and for the experience a book will bring them.” Coming from someone who, as she explains, has extensive experience in the Gaming Industry, and is fully aware of the motivational aspects of Gaming and how some instructional resource providers attempt to tap it in order to get kids to read, she see technology as a way to pair kids with real books’ the books, themselves, being the ultimate motivation for reading through the appeal of their themes and content and accessible language. I’ve seen this approach taken by other resource providers and I think it’s an important one that fortunately technology greatly enables.