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  • Dear Meghan,

    I like how you addressed the fact that society overlooks or diminishes people with mental health issues. I feel this happens especially in young people because either they do not feel comfortable speaking up or they speak up andare told that they should not feel the way they do. This can lead to a feeling of isolation and can…Read More

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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.

  • Hi Megan,
    I like how you addressed the issue of girls being ridiculed for their interests no matter what it is. I think you are right in focusing on how it affects mainly teenage girls. However I think you could even farther to say that it begins at a much earlier age. Maybe you could explore the impact that activities or sports that girls are…Read More

  • Maria commented on the post, The Power of Song

    Meghan,
    I liked how you said that music can influence how you feel. Expanding on that I think you could even say that music can influence how you feel about other people. For example if you listen to the same kind of music as someone else you might feel more inclined to be friends with them.

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