So what are we, the educators, doing about it? My solution was to provide options. As each student turned in a test, to prevent talking until everyone was finished, I required them to either do homework assigned from another class or to read a book or magazine of their choosing. I was always sure to have a variety of magazines available in the classroom as well. As it turned out, unless my students had homework that was very pressing, they opted to read. In fact, my “National Geographic” magazines seemed to walk out the door on a regular basis; students enjoyed them that much. It seems that having a choice of reading materials mattered.
Since literacy continues to be an issue in education, what do you do to increase a love of reading in your classes?