For Outside Reading, My Nudgiest Nudge Yet!

In a previous post about my top Outside Reading nudges, I said I was going to try and use a reading progress chart. I am beta testing it right now, and I am excited about the results that I am getting!

You see two things in the photo at the top of the post. One, the public sign up sheet where students declare a commitment to read a certain title for their outside reading assignment. Two, the Outside Reading Progress Chart — it’s the one that looks like the bar graph.

On day one of posting the progress chart, students were already saying the kinds of thing I was hoping to hear:

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Want Your Students to Read More? Make Them Sign Up!

Last year I set out to solve the riddle of how to get students to do more independent reading. I was convinced that if they were able to choose their books and if they stuck with that book long enough, they would enjoy reading. I don’t know to what extent my students would claim they enjoyed their reading, but I did find some great ways to nudge them to do more of it.

In today’s post I will share with you the top nudge in getting students to complete more independent reading. And the tip comes from the psychological effect of signing your name.

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5 Ways to Nudge Students to Engage with Outside Reading

Monday’s post gave 4 factors to persuade teachers to start giving outside reading assignments. I am sure, however, that there are still concerns about the average student’s motivation to complete this assignment and avoid the temptation to cut corners by cheating. I share in those concerns.

Over the years, though, I have come up with ways to steer students to complete their outside reading assignment with fidelity. I still have to watch for apathy and student who insist on cutting corners, but I spend far less energy on that element of the assignment than I used to.

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