One of the simplest ways to keep your brain active is regularly read. The process of reading a book can mentally exercise your mind to help the functioning of your brain. It is crucial that children and young people keep their brain stimulated as it helps with memory, increases vocabulary and even helps with stress. However, over the years there has been a decline on the level of adolescents who frequently read for pleasure. As school is becoming more challenging through the academic years, positive brain activity can help improve knowledge and reduce stress. TeacherBoards Community have created a ‘how-to’ guide on keeping your secondary school students interested in reading.
A ‘How-To’ Guide
One of the predominant issues with young people reading less may be down to a lack of time or a typical ‘can’t-be-bothered-ness’. As a teacher, you can counteract this by interpreting reading activities in your lesson plans. It could either be 5-10 minutes group reading at the end of your lesson or group reading that is consistent with what you’re teaching, this makes reading both educational and enjoyable. Some of the main go-to books for classrooms are Holes by Louis Sachar, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. These examples are informative of different societies and are historical in content.
When you begin incorporating lesson plans in your classroom, you can create some reading activities to make sure your students are getting involved. After the reading session you could get your pupils active by getting them to do a dramaexercise. Get your students to group up and act out their favourite chapter of the book. This keep your class stimulated and also helps them fully reflect on the story they have read. Reading is also important for exploring different types of texts and genres; this is useful for learning literacy, history, and media dependant on the content. Reading can help improve a person’s analytical skills; by exploring the deeper meanings behind certain factors of a book it can help the reader fully immerse themselves into the story.
Alternatively, get your students to read a book as part of a homework assignment. Get them to fill out a reading journal so you can check if they are on track. As students are usually busy with vast amounts of homework, it is both relaxing yet intellectually beneficial to ask your students to take a few breaks a week to read a book. You can also get them to write about their chosen book through different scenarios in lesson time. You could explore a ‘what happens next’ exercise or get them to write out their own alternate endings.
Get Them Interested
Make sure you’re recommending books that they can relate to. It’s not use handing a teenager a children’s book that has no real depth to it. Alternatively, trying to get them interested in a 500 page book without any exciting content can be just as off-putting. Keep on top of book trends, or successful classroom classics as a way of maintaining the interest of your students. By finding something relatable, young people are able to engage with the storyline which will make them more interested in reading exercises.
If you still can’t get some of your students interested in reading books, try getting them involved with alternate reading texts. Get to know their interests and see if you find something they would be happy to read. Sports fans might be interested in reading a football magazine or the sports section of a newspaper. Some of your students may be intrigued in film and media content so you could introduce them to film reviews or articles on current media events.
Reading for pleasure is becoming a dying hobby, but due to the amazing benefits reading has to offer, it is essential that we counteract this. With a never-ending list of books to choose from, there will always be a perfect book for every one of us, it is important that we inspire our younger generation to find theirs.
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