Why do kids not want to read? There are a lot of theories as to why this is the case, and I will explore some of those in this blog.
Suffice it to say, that over the past decade and a half that I have been a teacher, I have seen a steady decline in the number of avid readers in my classes.
It isn't because of a lack of access to novels geared to their reading level or ability.
It isn't because of boring novels that won't hold their attention.
It isn't even because kids don't like being entertained by a good story.
We live in an era of unlimited access to well written, entertaining novels for every type of genre lover, every age and level of reading.
The problem is lack of focus in the first place. Kids aren't engaging their minds with the reading process.
If they don't engage their minds while reading, then they don't find the pleasure that past generations received from reading.
Now, do we cry over the milk that is split? Or do we come up with strategies to help engage our struggling readers?
I say, let's adapt what we do in order to find ways to meet kids where they are at, and subsequently develop a love of reading.
One of the activities that I do regularly when approaching a novel study, is I get students to doodle different scenes or characters. I find students are more successful with reading comprehension when they doodle what they have read.
And so, the birth of the Doodle It Novel.
In future posts, I will examine some of the research associated with this approach reading. In the meantime, happy reading and happy doodling!