Inspire Your Students to Develop the Habit of Reading
Reading is always considered to be a divine habit and is equally beneficial to students for their learning. Reading is not just about reading lines or a passage loudly; instead, it involves a proper understanding of words and to relate them to the overall meaning of the passage. Cultivating the habit of reading from an early age is beneficial as this could help them in their studies as well. Some students develop this habit naturally and love to spend their leisure time with books.
On the other hand, some don’t develop it naturally and have to be compelled to sit with books. As a teacher, you can play an eminent role in motivating your students to develop this habit. But forcing them to sit in front of books won’t be the solution. You have to encourage them to start loving books, not just sit with them. Some tips are shared below to help you out.
- One of the best ways to encourage those kids for whom reading is quite a boring task is by letting them read graphic novels. Graphic novels include a lot of pictures and catchy dialogues that attract young kids and you can use this as a bait to develop the habit of reading.
- Let your students select their own books to read. It is often seen that things that are mandatory are less attractive to them. Plus, encourage them to share books with other classmates. Let them choose from a collection of books that is appropriate for their age and help them enjoy the book they want to read.
- Start the habit of discussing the books that students are reading in class once they finish. This one way will help you to know the level of understanding in your students when they read a book- whether they are able to grasp the idea and thought correctly. Moreover, this also develops the habit of storytelling too!
- As a teacher, promote the habit of reading among parents as well. It has been seen that children tend to learn things from their parents and if parents read books at home, talk about it with their children will be a natural booster for the kids to start reading. Not all parents know the benefits of reading at home, but if they are made aware of the good that they can do to their children, they will surely be motivated to practice the habit at home.
- If your student loves non-fiction, encourage them to read a lot of books on Nature, Space Science, History and others that are appropriate for their age.
When you motivate your students to take up reading seriously, make sure you are not being a tormentor who is forcing them to gulp down knowledge like a glass of milk. Reading for them should be fun and enriching experience. At no point should it be some kind of pressure for them.
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