Creating a reading culture in a school is essential if you want to encourage students to become engaged and motivated readers. However, developing a reading culture takes time and requires the commitment of the principal and staff.
Creating a reading culture
Reading for pleasure is the key to lifelong learning. Schools with a reading culture value, model and talk about reading for pleasure. They are places where staff and students read and are encouraged to read at school and at home.
Competence in reading and writing underpins students’ engagement with all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. It also enables students to develop the key competencies needed to achieve National Standards and subsequently NCEA.
Boys may not be reluctant to read, but reluctant to read what we want them to. Research shows boys like to read over a wider number of genres and a broader range of topics than girls.
There is ongoing discussion about teens not reading as they used to do. In today’s digital environment reading may involve multiple platforms. They’re still reading and writing, just not always in the traditional ‘book’ way.