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    The Problem of Reading Motivation

    Reading motivation is defined as “the motivational drive to read, an area of interest in the field of education,” (McRae, Guthrie, 2009); and the lack of motivation for reading has been a growing problem in the school system.  It...

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    • Hey Maria. I agree with your post as a whole because I believe that it’s important that as a child, we get accustom to reading. I say this due to the fact that we take in the most information and create potential life long habits as children, so it would be extremely beneficial if certain influences around children (parents, teachers, etc.) would promote academic behaviors like being involved with reading books. Something that caught my eye was: “If lack of reading motivation continues to become a problem in schools, our society will see a drastic change in the coming years.” I think motivation in general is something that needs “momentum”. For example, after brushing your teeth and taking a shower, you’ve already got some momentum of productivity to start off the day, so you a feel a little good and decide to throw out the trash or clean your room, boom momentum! With that built up momentum you make the decision to read the book that you’ve been putting off, although minute as it seems, it’s productivity nonetheless that you continue with throughout the day. That being said, if teens or people who struggle with motivation in general learn how build that momentum, It could definitely apply academically to teens. Thanks for your writing. I hope you continue to bring more interesting topics that sometimes go unnoticed.

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    Lack of Reading Motivation in Students

    Reading motivation is defined as “the motivational drive to read, an area of interest in the field of education,” (McRae, Guthrie, 2009); and the lack of motivation for reading has been a growing problem in the school system.  It...

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    • Maria,
      I like how you mentioned that a lack of motivation to read is a growing problem leading to a negative impact on reading comprehension and intelligence as a whole. I find myself fighting the battle to read more and constantly feel that my vocabulary is lacking. Reading this article has brought to life some of my struggles and I hope it helps others realize the importance of reading as well. Thank you.

    • Maria,

      I agree that the lack of motivation to read for students today is an issue and it is one that I find myself faced with often. Since reading is seen as not the most fun activity to some, it can be hard to find the motivation to read. I can see how students who read for fun are higher achieving academically because they are practicing their comprehension skills more often and are using their brain in a different way than the students who do not read for fun. I agree that it is important to implement reading for fun into the lives of children today so they are more knowledgeable and more likely to succeed in the future. If children start reading early on and find ways to make it fun for them, it will become a habit and not be seen as a chore.

    • Maria,
      This is a problem that, like you said, isn’t considered often, but your analysis does a great job at conveying the importance of reading by displaying the problem at stake, as well as many attainable solutions. As high schoolers, reading after a long day at school is the last thing many of us want to do. Even if the reading is assigned, it can be tempting to simply skim the pages or find a summary online, but like you said, this likely reduces comprehension drastically. I agree with your statements that a lack of self-motivated reading can have a serious impact on acedemic performance and reading comprehension, and thought your proposed solutions were very encourageing, especially, “One simple answer is to make reading fun. Teachers can implement games or give incentives for completing an assignment.” This solution in particular reminded me of an inspiring article by The New York Times, “The Influence of a Perfect Teacher,” which displays just how far simple tactics like implementing games or giving incentives can go in the world of self-motivated education. The author reflects on her elementary education, in which her teacher made reading into a “ritual and compelling drama,” and her librarian had recommendations at all times and even a couch to read on for students who finished their work.
      What’s so inspiring about this issue, is that the solutions are so simple, and even fun. The task seems really to be getting people to grasp how a lack of reading really does have negative effects on students.
      I enjoyed your analysis of this issue, Maria, and I look forward to reading your further insight into this topic.

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    First Impressions

    Picture this, you are preparing for a job interview, or for the first day at a new school.  You pay special attention to how your hair looks, what you’re wearing, how you do your makeup that morning.  You check...

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    • Hi,
      I really enjoyed how you wrote that there are never second first impressions. Using this phrase, you showed how important it is to make a good first impression. I also really enjoyed how you explained everything that goes into making a good first impression and how people judge you within the first ten seconds of meeting them. Overall I agree with everything you said. However I do believe that looking your best is only a factor that goes into the first impression. Many people say that your personality can change how you look. I believe that having a positive personality when meeting someone for the first time will be the biggest impression they have on you.
      Good Job!!

    • Maria,
      I really enjoyed this post. I personally, think first impressions are the most important. I always make sure that my first impression is the best it can be by wearing a nice suit, makeup ect. I really like how you said “you can’t make a second first impression”. When I meet someone for the first time thats what I go off of. I usually never give people second chances because then you won’t see the real authentic them but you will see a version of themselves that they have made up so that you could maybe like them. First impressions are the biggest thing not only for me but for almost everyone.

      great job

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    “The Mandalorian” Helping the Franchise

    The second season of the Mandalorian has begun to air on Disney Plus and has drawn many links to previous Star Wars movies and TV shows.  This has made many fans become more invested in the show and the...

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    • Hi Maria, interesting article! I have been watching this show and really like it. My one complaint would be that the plot lines are not amazing. Mando goes to a planet, does some sort of mission, and then leaves (most of the episodes appear to follow this format). Other than that it’s super entertaining to watch and I love how it connects the original trilogy. My favorite episode was definitely “the Jedi”, which changed the flow of things and incorporated Ahsoka Tona which was epic.

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    The Power of Language Through Reading

    When a child is born the parents document everything, first smile, first outfit, and most importantly first word.  Almost everyone knows their first word and if they don’t it’s probably written in a baby book or photo album.  This...

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    • i really liked your post! One of my favorite parts was in the beginning where you were talking about how important the power of language is from the very beginning! I also liked the cultural part where our power of language ties in to so many aspects of our lives!

    • I also agree that language is incredibly powerful. Being able to read and articulate your thoughts through writing is a very useful tool. I thought what you said about perception in the beginning was interesting, and how your relationship with language affects others’ views of you and your view of yourself. Like bilingual kids, and how their two languages may represent an important part of them, or people in America whose second language is English and may speak with an accent, and how native English speakers tend to associate this with a lack of intelligence.

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    One Story: Dangerous or Harmless?

    One story, one single story, what seems like a harmless string of words can turn into something that can completely change how a person is viewed and thought of by other people. Most times this story is told without...

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