Education for 500The solution to declining reading scores in Tennessee. -- Alex - What is a librarian?
What is happening?
Declining Reading Scores
2015 TCAP scores
Why is this happening?
71% (of parents surveyed) agreed that “I wish my child would do more things that did not involve screen time” http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/09/decline-children-reading-pleasure-survey
Encourage reading for pleasure.
What a good librarian can do for you!
Most librarians I know read for pleasure . When you find an activity that is pleasurable it's often contagious ! Take your classes and take your kids to the library and meet with the librarian . He or she can encourage your student to read for pleasure.
Provide Readers' Advisory.
A great librarian can provide readers advisory, which is essentially -- finding a match for your student with books that he or she wants to read for pleasure.
Readers' advisory (sometimes spelled readers advisory or reader's advisory) is a service which involves suggesting fiction and nonfiction titles to a reader through direct or indirect means. This service is a fundamental library service; however, readers' advisory also occurs in commercial contexts such as bookstores. Currently, almost all North American public libraries offer some form of readers' advisory. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readers%27_advisory
Provide reading solutions.
Students today need to learn how to read an electronic book. Unfortunately, tablets can often be a real distraction for kids who are suffering from technology addiction. So, a great solution to this problem are black-and-white eInk e-readers. Encourage your library to adopt a E reader borrowing program.
What parents can do!
Alright now, we have to band together parents!
Put your child's devices away! And I mean everything --- tablets, phones, and computers. Why? So that you can organize a specific time when kids and teens can just read . If you can afford to, invest in an E-reader that is a simple e-reader.
What else ... Read with your child! When my kids were younger, I read a picture book every single night. As they got older I read chapter books, a chapter each night . Now my teens probably read faster than I do, and they get impatient with my pace, so we turn it into a competition. We decide on the novel that we are going to read and we try to keep up with one another so we can discuss the book throughout.