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Children with short attention spans 'failing to read books'

infoneer-pulse:

More than four-in-10 teachers said children failed to read for pleasure at the age of 11, it emerged.

The study – by the publisher Pearson – found that many schools fear children have short attention spans and prefer to spend time online rather than reading a novel.

Teachers also said that books were not seen as “cool” by pupils and raised fears that parents are failing to do enough to promote a love of reading in the home.

» via The Telegraph

Many of our program kids are completely bored by the idea of reading.  So far, some of the most successful “gateway” tools to get them back into reading for recreation have been the -ology series of books (Pirateology, Wizardology, etc.), which include little interactive, almost gimmicky pieces to their pages; DK-style guides to fictional universes, which draw the kids in with huge maps and images and lead them to the text with new curiosity; and choose-your-own-adventure books.

Once they discovered those books existed, they WANTED to go to the library.  They’re excited about going now. It makes me incredibly happy to see them so eager just to fish through all titles.

A few of the oldest students who have reading difficulties have also started latching on to audiobooks.

(via girlwithalessonplan)

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  3. swelledtech reblogged this from shapefutures and added:
    Yeah Wizard Adventures!
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  7. la-vida-loca1 reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    Hmm….might be a good beginning of the year article to read!
  8. toteachandtolearn reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    Everyday in my class, for at least twenty minutes each student reads something; comic book, graphic novel, non-fiction-...
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    Many of our program kids are completely bored by the idea of reading. So far, some of the most successful “gateway”...
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  13. grayer reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    It’s not so much a study as a poll. A poll performed by the anti-Christ, Pearson. The poll was conducted to launch a new...
  14. realityisdue reblogged this from pizzawolves and added:
    This is the saddest thing ever. Ugh.
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  18. pizzawolves reblogged this from whiskeyanddynamite and added:
    :( i had two 12 year old students last week that looked at me like i had 3 heads when i said that i LIKED reading. i was...
  19. whiskeyanddynamite reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    perhaps but it could also have to do with our shoddy educational system and our society.
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  21. atthefloodgates reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    Man, at 11 I was cruising through a Mary Higgins Clark book a day. Young’uns need a good role model showing them how...
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