TITLE

The Power of Play: A Case Study of One Teacher's Approach to Motivating Underachieving Students in Middle School Reading Classes

AUTHOR(S)
Barker, Kimberly S.; Herrington, David E.
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
National Forum of Teacher Education Journal;2011, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p2
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
Effective reading education is important to student success. This qualitative study examined one teacher's perception of effective methods and strategies related to improving the literacy skills of sixth grade students who struggled with passing state high-stakes testing. The results of the study affirmed that students who have experienced repeated failure in high-stakes testing have a complex range of emotional and cognitive barriers preventing success. This study has implications for policy and practice concerning success among reading students. Several areas of concern emerged from the study including students' low self esteem, resistance to completing tasks, inability to mentally visualize text, and negative emotional response associated with reading. Play emerged as an essential resource for increasing student engagement and interest in reading for fun.
ACCESSION #
71140043

 

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