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Not This But That: No More Reading for Junk

Barbara A. Marinak
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Not This But That: No More Reading for Junk

By Barbara A. Marinak, Linda Gambrell
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Overview
Author
Barbara A. Marinak
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Edition
1st
ISBN
9780325061573
Published Date
18/05/2016
Pages
96
Pizza. Pez dispensers. Nerf balls. When we give students “junk” to reward reading, we are focusing their intention away from the act of reading and from their own independence as readers. Instead, we can create classrooms where reading is seen as its own reward. In this book, esteemed researcher Linda Gambrell provides a research-based context for cultivating children’s intrinsic motivation to read and identifies three essential principles, the “ARC” of motivation:
  • access: giving kids a wealth of reading materials and opportunities to discuss texts
  • relevance: offering high interest, moderately challenging and authentic reading experiences
  • choice: allowing students to self-select texts and reading activities
What exactly do those principles look like in action? Reading specialist and researcher Barbara Marinak shares the strategies and techniques that make a difference for student readers’ motivation, turning disengaged readers into passionate ones. “Pizza and Pez dispensers are short lived,” Linda and Barbara write, “but confident and empowered readers are likely to remain motivated for life.”
Series overview
This series helps teachers examine common, ineffective classroom practices and replace them with practices supported by research and professional wisdom. In each book a practicing educator and an education researcher identify an ineffective practice; summarise what the research suggests about why; and detail research-based, proven practices to replace it and improve student learning.

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