- Many students used the word “avid” in their answers--from “Avid and I would like to read more than I have time for” to “I am not an avid reader though I enjoy reading occasionally.” Use specific high level vocabulary in context, and kids will pick them up and use them. I wonder where else I can use that approach?
- Many students used the sentence “I haven’t yet found a book I like.” Maybe if we can keep using that phraseology, they’ll start to believe it, and start to think there just might be a book out there that they will like, and start to be on the lookout for it.
- I haven’t found a book in English that I like yet, but I often read books in Japanese.
- I haven’t found a book that I really like. But I am starting to find books that are interesting to me in either English or Japanese.
Yes, there were 3 or 4 who weren’t enticed into the conversation:
- I don’t like reading and I never choose to read.
- I am not a good reader because I get bored reading books.
And I’m going to choose to see that situation as a challenge and an opportunity rather than a problem, and those students as unengaged readers rather than as reluctant readers. The challenge is to engage them. The opportunity is to shift a self-perception and to create life-long readers.