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Motivating Students to Read®
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Formats: Print & DVD or Online
Level: Grades K–12
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2013
Complete by: October 31, 2013
Course #: EDUC-6951T
10 weeks after receipt of coursework
*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)
Create a community of engaged readers in your classroom with concepts and strategies provided in this graduate-level course dedicated to instilling a love of reading in students. Begin by exploring what factors affect reading motivation, and then examine how students’ success or failure at a task can impact their motivation to read. Review current educational practices to evaluate how these influence student motivation and watch examples of real teachers inspiring their young readers in their classrooms. You will also assess your own motivation as a reader to help better understand what interests readers. Reach students you never thought you could reach before, from struggling to reluctant and dormant readers, with practical, research-based strategies proven to increase reading motivation.
Print format requires Internet access for some reading assignments.
- Analyze the connection between general motivation theory and motivation to read
- Identify and address the factors that contribute to a decline in reading motivation
- Explore principles that contribute to motivation to read including choice, collaboration, self-efficacy, modeling, and environment
- Review two exemplary classroom libraries, then evaluate your own classroom library
- Prepare a lesson plan that integrates technology into reading instruction
- Investigate ways to increase parent involvement in motivating students to read
Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:
- Course topics and outcomes
- Course assessment criteria
- Course format and materials
- System requirements (online format)
- Featured education experts
Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.
Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she serves as principal investigator for the School Redesign Network and is a director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute. She was the founding executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, which produced the widely cited 1996 blueprint for education reform, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future. Dr. Darling-Hammond’s work focuses on educational policy, teaching and teacher education, school restructuring, and educational equity. Among her more than 200 publications is The Right To Learn, which received the 1998 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association, and (as co-editor) Teaching as the Learning Profession: A Handbook of Policy and Practice, which was awarded the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award in 2000.
Linda Gambrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Gambrell is professor and director of the School of Education at Clemson University. She was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center, where she directed the Literacy Motivation Project. Dr. Gambrell received the International Reading Association’s (IRA) Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award. She has written extensively on reading instruction and literacy motivation and is the author of Lively Discussions: Fostering Reading Engagement.
The following course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be delivered directly to you:
- Textbook: The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by D. Miller
- Textbook: Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by K. Gallagher
- DVD: Motivating Students to Read™
(For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)
If you order the print & DVD format you will also receive the following*:
- Study guide: Motivating Students to Read™
- Course information packet
*For online format, the study guide and course information packet are provided in your online classroom.
This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.
Earning Graduate Credit
Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:
- Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
- Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
- View video segments.
- Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.
Course Completion Deadline
Print & DVD format: coursework must be submitted via email to WaldenCourseworkSubmission@waldenu.edu on or before October 31, 2013.
Online format: coursework must be submitted online on or before October 31, 2013.
Operating system for PC: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or
Operating system for Mac®: OS X or higher
Processor: 1 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher
Memory: Minimum 512 MB of RAM; 1 GB recommended
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher; Firefox® 3.6 (also for Mac®: Apple® Safari® 4 or higher)
Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required
Software: Microsoft Word®, Adobe® Flash® Player 7 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 8 or higher (free)
Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher
Note: If you are using a Macintosh®, please be sure to download Mozilla® Firefox® 3.6. It’s free, and the download should take only a few minutes at http://www.mozilla.org/.
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