As teachers, we have used multiple incentives to get our children to read. Whether it be earning a prize, handing out certificates, giving students candy/pop, or a movie day- educators have often associated rewards with reading motivation. But those rewards are only short-term, and these incentives lose their appeal only after a few months of implementation. What can we do as reading teachers to foster a love of learning that is intrinsic and not motivated by extrinsic rewards?
Below is a short list of ideas that you can use to foster a love of reading in your classroom that will hopefully last a lifetime for your students (not just for the school year).