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Teacher Reading Tips: Motivation

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  • Review dimensions of motivation
  • See what research suggests about motivation
  • Read techniques to see what motivates your students

    Techniques for Gathering Information for Middle School Readers

    Effective middle school teachers are aware of the variables that make their students different. They use a variety of informal techniques to learn more about their students and what motivates them. The most useful informal techniques are:

    1. Observation — Much can be learned by observing students. Observations furnish the best information when they are frequent, purposeful and recorded. Observations can occur in the regular classroom and in other instructional and non-instructional settings in the school, such as: the media center, cafeteria, playground, and during music, art, or physical education.

    2. Interviews — Informal, but structured discussions with students can provide a wealth of information about reading habits and preferences at both school and at home.

    3. Interest Inventories — These student response forms reveal interests that can be accessed when ordering and selecting books as well as when planning for instruction and making grouping decisions.

    4. Parent Interviews and Questionnaires — Live or phone interviews can provide valuable information on a number of the areas discussed earlier. Questionnaires can also be used to gather student information relevant to motivation.

    5. "Trial & Error" — This method is really a form of diagnostic teaching during which the teacher notes the success or lack of success of using a particular technique, book, grouping, or strategy. The teacher notes what part worked or didn't with which students and uses that information to modify subsequent instruction.

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