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If You are Not a Reader, But Want to Be

teacher avatar Rebecca Lowery, Christian, Wife, Mother, Teacher

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3 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Create an Action Plan

    • 3. Engage with the Text

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About This Class

Do you struggle to pick up a book and finish it? Do you desire to read but get distracted easily? This class is for you! You will know

  • where to begin,
  • how to think about rewards,
  • build your reading endurance,
  • overcome conflicts,
  • and become more engaged with the text.

as you create an action plan with tips and tools to help you along the way.

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Rebecca Lowery

Christian, Wife, Mother, Teacher


In 2007 I graduated from Doane College certified to teach English/Language Arts. That same year I met my husband Kyle and moved four hours away from him to teach in a small town Nebraska school. A year and a half later we were engaged and found ourselves in our pastor's office where he presented the gospel, leaving us forever changed. Since then I graduated with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, taught a reading class in a Title 1 school, coached, had two baby girls, and left the classroom to become a stay-at-home mom - haha, where my real education began! That was six years ago already and since then I've pursued every avenue possible to continue my love of teaching while soaking up these precious first years with the little people God has put in my life. To l... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello. I am Rebecca Lowery. I'm certified to teach seven through 12 English language arts, the Masters degree of education in curriculum and instruction. I have a lot of experience in teaching high and has a high school classroom with students who never wanted to read. So I come bearing great news that based on the research that I did, that I accomplished a lot with these readers, and I don't want to get into all of those stories, but I'm gonna get into one specifically that I encountered recently. Not with a student, but with a mom. Um, which is why I'm offering this class for people like this mother who asked me for help. She sold as born books and read Children's books to her kids. She also promoted reading, and she talked about how she would listen to me and my friends talk about books and really wanted to participate in those conversations. But every single time she picked up a book, she couldn't seem to accomplish the task of reading in her own time without getting distracted, and I'm going to offer the same thing that worked for her. I'm gonna offer that for you in this class. So if you're one of those people that easily distracted if you get started and you stop without ever returning to a book, if you're one of those people like her, that just you really want treated book, but you're just not sure how to accomplish that. This class is for you, and I'm going to be helping you by helping you know where to begin. How to begin. How to think about rewarding yourself, how to create an action plan, how to build your reading, endurance and how to approach conflicts are just some of the things that will be talking about, and I look forward to hearing how this goes for you. 2. Create an Action Plan: Hello again. I want to begin this next section by expressing my excitement that you're taking this class My life's purpose. My life's pursuit is to faster reading in the lives of others to create lifelong readers. I love this part of my job, and I'm super excited that you're taking this on with me. So before we take it on, I want you to download the pdf document that I have put under the project section in this class, which I have shown right here. It has everything laid out that we're going to be going through in this class. Why were why you want to do this? What you're in goal your action plan, a place to record books you want to read and books that you've read and also your reading endurance. This is a place where you can write notes as we go along, and then you can make another copy for yourself for a final draft that so I would recommend do printing out to for yourself. So is that Let's begin with where to begin First, let's write down your why. Why do you want to become an avid reader? If it's like this mother who sells Usborne books and knew that if she was going to promote reading that she needed to be a reader in her own life and also that she wanted her Children to see her reading and to mimic that behavior. She had a lot of reasons why, and I want you to think about your reason why. Why is this important to you? And I want you to write it down, even if it's just a rough draft right now where you just take a moment, pause this class and write down your reason why. And then you can hone in on that statement later in your final draft. But write down your reason. White, because in those moments when it's difficult to even pick up a book and you don't want to continue this if you go back and look at this sheet that you're going to have at the end of this class and regia reason why that's a big motivator. So take a moment. Pause me, write down your wife. Once you're wise written down, then I want us to think about your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to spend a certain amount of time reading every day. Do you want to read a certain number of books by certain, um, time period? That's what I recommend focusing on. So if you're the type of person, or you just want to sit down and read for an hour every day uninterrupted, that's a cool. If you want to read 10 books in two months, that's a realistic goal, especially for starting out. Don't make it so big an unattainable that it's overwhelming for you. But make it something that you can reach and reward yourself for it. Remember, start small first and then work your weight big. We're also going to make a plan of action, which is what we're going to do next. So pause me, make a realistic reason vehicle. And if you're having hard time coming up with something as realistic and reasonable, please contact me. I would be happy to help you with that. First things first we're going to build. You were reading endurance, and this is how this is accomplished. Start with 10 minute increments and your goal is to read for 10 minutes without interruptions. You're just going to practice. You could even set a two minute timer to start yourself out, or a five minute timer where you just sit down and you read for that amount of time uninterrupted. And then you reward yourself afterwards. So if you read for five minutes uninterrupted, you could give yourself five minutes of another activity that you really enjoy doing. I'll give you an example of how this worked in my tutoring. I had a kid who never wanted to read. And so I told him, If you give me five minutes of your time just reading uninterrupted, we're gonna work on this skill together. Then let's go shoot hoops for five minutes because he was unhappy basketball player, and so we would spend five minutes of on time task together, and then we'd have five minutes of shooting hoops. Then we'd have another 10 minutes of on time task together, and then we'd have 10 minutes of shooting hoops, and approaching it that way was really successful. I also recommend starting with a short book. Don't overwhelm yourself with books like I don't know, Pride and Prejudice or Atlas shrugged, which is like 500 pages, and it's a difficult, laborious read. I wouldn't recommend starting with anything like that. I recommend starting with something that is short and entertaining. So I have a few examples for you here if you like. Uh, this is It's a even interesting format because C. S. Lewis writes it from one demon writing to his nephew, another demon on how to, um, take someone to hell with them. Basically, it's interesting, it's dark, and it's a quick short read, but it's also pretty as thick as I don't know really how to describe that. Except that, um, there's not very many pages, but it's a lot to think about. Tuck Everlasting is a love story. It's unexpected. It's a classic you. Your heart will be broken, but it's definitely worth repeating. It's about this, these characters who find a the the stream of eternal life and he meets and falls in love with this young woman, and she has to decide whether or not she is going to drink out of the stream and live forever with him or take his advice and, um, grow old. I recommend it short, sweet, and it's quite lovely in the Year of the Boar, and Jackie Robinson is another one. That's really good. It's a Children's book, but I I don't want you to judge a book by its cover. I highly recommend it. It is another one of those books that I didn't read until I was an adult, and I'm so glad that I did about this one. This little girl who comes to the United States and falls in love with baseball it's really good. Ah, Susanna Wesley is a biography written by Kathy McReynolds. The true life story of this and mother who raised Charles Wesley are these big theologians in our history. It's really interesting. And I was actually, as I read it was convicted because this woman worked her tail off day in and day out, and the things that she accomplished were amazing. Anyway, it's an inspiring mish. Very short beat. The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen. Again, it's a child's book, but who cares? It's based on a true story of Bass Reeves, who was a martial back in the 18 hundreds. He was a real man. He was the first black marshall who whose stories weren't recorded. I'm not very many of them anyway. Um, he wasn't I mean he brought in a lot of criminals, and he did it in the most interesting ways. And so Gary Poulsen writes this really cool read about Bass Reeves, and it's. Some of the events in the book are hilarious, but also it's a wonderful story that I highly recommend taking the time to read. So here's a few examples of Just Short reads that I thoroughly enjoyed that you could just sit down and read for five or 10 minutes, starting out and work your way up. Finish a book because that in and of itself builds endorphins and you get very excited and you want to tackle another one. So those air something I recommend. But here's another thing that I do recommend find what interests you. It's on the back of your note sheet. Just start writing things that you're interested in, whether it's I had a kid who was interested in trap shooting and so I could not get him to read to save my life until I got a trap shooting book, and we read that together because he did competitions. This is something him and his dad did together every weekend. He really enjoyed and he talked about it a lot. So I found a book about this hobby that interested him. We read it together, and then I went out trap shooting with him and his dad and at one of his friends. And then all of a sudden he was interested in reading, and we were reading more books and more books and more books, and it was successful because I tapped into what he was interested in. So find what interested interest you and then your biggest resource, your librarian. Go up to the front desk and ask them, I really, really like gardening. Can you help me find a book about gardening? Or I really like trap shooting, and I'm familiar with it when you're familiar or something. You're more curious about it and want to find out more on that topic, so find something that interests you if you love history, historical fiction and biographies are there. So many out there find what interests you and ask a librarian to help you find that book. Next, we're gonna be creating an action plan. So how are you going to reach your goal? I want you to write about when you're going to read where you're going to read. What are you gonna do when you hit milestones? To say, your goal is to read 60 minutes a day and you hit a milestone of reading 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. You've hit that milestone. How are you going to reward yourself? Attacked? And then how are you going to reward yourself when you hit that end goal, This big reward. And if you're like me and your struggle with keeping rewards as those moments when you actually earned the reward. So I get tempted and I have to sort of order it really want it. And if I know where it is, I'm Tim to just to grab it right away. Instead, what I've done in the past is that I've told my husband I have this school and this is my reward. And so I want you to hide my reward until I've actually accomplished this school. If you have a friend or person in your life, he's willing to do that for you. That's what I would recommend and then you have someone to celebrate with. Two. I also want you to create an action plan for overcoming obstacles because you know they're going to come, you know, that that these things are gonna come up in your life, for they're going to derail you, and you know that conflict is going to be there. So I want you to think about what you're going to do, What? Your win. Those things take place when you're discouraged when your schedule is completely uprooted for the day. So your win his not gonna happen. Um, I really want you to think about what you're going to do when you hit these obstacles. How are you going to overcome them? But I also want you to think about what motivates you. Is it rewards? It's a lot of times that isn't necessarily true for a lot of people is just the the active gaining knowledge. Knowing more is more rewarding than a piece of chocolate. For example, in the long run, that chocolate will serve its purpose in that moment because though there really enjoyable . But in the long run, I want you to think about what motivates you. And I want you to write those things down because I really want you to think about how you're going to attain this, and this action plan will help you in the long run, just by writing it down and recognizing for what it's. So here's the thing. We talked about it briefly. The obstacles. A good book is full of conflict, but you're going to face in your own life. So let's talk about this was hone in on this. More specifically, I want you think about what might get in your waist, and I want you to think about how you're going to conquer it. So, for example, I'm a mom of two. You'll probably hear them in the background of almost all of my classes. Quite often. That is what gets in the way of accomplishing a goal, even if it's exercising for me, it's taking the time to stop and deal with, um, fighting or I'm hungry or whatever it is that is something that gets in the way of me accomplishing my goal of having uninterested time on task. I want you to write down what often gets in your way, and then I want you to think about okay, when, when I'm interrupted, when my girls are going to be fighting over a doll because it's going to happen. Let's be real. How am I going to get back on task even in those moments when I've been interrupted and I want you to think about that in your own life, what's going to get in your way? How are you going to convert so Pasini and take the time to do that right now? So let's hone in on the next piece. Rewards. So there's some really interesting studies on rewarding, and what I've really enjoyed is learning how if you want to accomplish a goal, so your goal is to read more. The thing that you want to do is reward yourself with something that is going to help you attain that. So, for example, I want to be a reader. How I would reward myself is with a I'm envelope with Barnes and Noble Outing, and I would put some money in the here and now make sure that there's enough for a book that I can pick and a good cup of coffee from Starbucks. That would be the biggest reward for me, and that's my end goal reward. So if I sit down, I can read for 60 minutes without being interrupted. That's my end goal. That's my end reward. That helps me to continue this. This activity that I want Teoh attain, I want to be a reader and this is going to help me accomplish that. Even my wrote reward is going to help me accomplish that. So I want you to think about that too. Not just like a piece of chocolate, but is there a book or something that something that would interest you that you could go out and do that would help you become a reader long term. I also want you to think about little rewards. It's as you go through the your action plan. So if your goal Street 10 books, what are you going to do when you hit that milestone over reading five. How are you going to celebrate that? So once you do again Pasini and I want you to start writing down some things that would motivate you that some rewards that would motivate you to reach that end goal already go. So after you friend down some things that you know we're gonna get in your way and how you're going to have to overcome them and even some places are rewards that you've set in place. I want you to think about a way to get started. So you have this plan in place, and I like to start with audio books. And here's why. Listening and reading is well for me. It's an easy way to get started because you can do it while you're driving. I do it while I wash the dishes. I could do it all on the ironing, my husband's shirt or throwing laundry in the dryer, and I can do it while I'm making dinner for the evening. There are so many APS. There are so many ways to incorporate listening to a book as you work and that, in and of itself will help you accomplish the school. And that counts. You're not seeing boards on the page, but it does help you get interested in a book that you can later pick up and read. Or you can follow along as it's being read to you. So if you're persons easily distracted, this may be a great place for you to start, and plus there's so many ways that you can incorporate it in your day now This is what we're going to do next. And so I want you to pause. I want you to go back through your sheet and think about your conflicts, your rewards, the action plan that you've set in place that really wants you to hone in on those things and write them down. We're gonna in this section with that. And we were going to go into what to do while you're reading before you read after you read and those things will help you become less distracted. 3. Engage with the Text: if you haven't already download the PDF document under the class Project section of this class and use it to take notes because the last part of this class pertains to what good readers do before, during and after. What I find from individuals who do not read is a lack of engagement with the text, which is why we're going to talk about threes. These three things reading is thinking, and hopefully these concepts help keep you focused, engrossed and more involved with the text, whether you're reading fiction or non so before you read, I want you to do these two things. Don't you think about what you already know about what you're going to read, and I want you to also make predictions on what you think you're going to learn. You can ask yourself questions by writing them down on a piece of paper, and you're more engaged in the text through nonfiction by answering those questions or a lot of times you. If you're reading a fiction book and you look at the cover or you read the synopsis, then you can already make some predictions about what you think is going to happen. Trust me that keeps you engaged, especially with nonfiction. I want you to think about what you already know. And here's why. Tapping into your background knowledge and thinking about what you already know motivates you to think about what you want to know or what you want to gain from this book I did that with I'm gonna use this example again. It's when I used in my previous class, but with the kid who was interested in trap shooting, and he even participated in competitions. When we got out that book, we started talking about all the things that he already knew. And then he was excited to read the book and find out more about this topic. And then he was really excited when he was learning more about something he was really interested in. While you read, make more predictions as events occur, whereas you learn more things, you are going to make predictions that will change over time. So keep doing that. Connected the text. It's amazing that as you read, you are able to relate to the stories that are being told, or you can think about the things that already knew that and this is where I learned it. Um, the last thing that I want you to do is to make the movie in your mind. Visualize the text. This is the biggest one that I always find with people who are not interested in reading. I find that all they see or words on the page they don't actually see the setting it come alive, as the author describes it. Or picture the character as the author talks about what color their hair is, or the eyes or whatever. Whatever the author is describing, you attempt to visualize after he read my favorite part about reading books I love and finishing books I love is going back and re reading my favorite parts. I do that every single time. I also cry cause wealth book is over, and I didn't want it to be over, but I was excited to get to the end to find out what happens. It's this really weird circular effect. I also want you to reflect on what you learned or the pieces that you liked the pieces that you didn't like. You could cry smaller and finally talk about it with someone that is the best part about reading anything that you learned. You want to share it a good story and you want to tell it That is the best part about reading books, in my opinion. Okay, this isn't awesome. Place to start is by talking about it. Would you recommend this book? You can go in places like good reads, could find a book club at your local library or even go to coffee with a friend. And you have some pretty amazing things to talk about. And that is the best part about reading. And I hope that by the end of this class, even with the brief, very quick tips that I gave you that you're able to come up with an action plan, you can go over the action plan, hang it up somewhere where you can see your goal. Why you want to read the books that you've already read, the time that you have spent on task and the process that you've worked towards and gained through the time that you're reading And I can hear about it at the when you're all done said and done So I look forward to hearing from you and contact me if you have any questions