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Thursday, July 7 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Fostering Adolescent Reading Motivation & Engagement

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If you’ve spent any time in a secondary classroom, you know that motivation and engagement really matters, especially when it comes to reading, but finding that sweet spot with all of your students can be challenging. Research shows that reading and reading achievement among secondary students is connected closely to motivation (Guthrie, 2008). However, many students’ motivation to read often begins to decline in their elementary school years—particularly for those who struggled learning to read (McKenna, Kear, & Ellsworth, 1995). Although you may value principles of motivation, it is important to recognize that motivation doesn't just organically result from meaningful instruction. Rather, we need to intentionally embed principles of motivation into our pedagogical approaches. This session will ask you to examine practices that may lead to decreased student motivation and provide ways to engage students in meaningful reading experiences.

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Naomi Watkins

Secondary English Language Arts Instruction, Utah State Board of Education - USBE
A former middle school English Language Arts teacher and instructional coach, Naomi Watkins is currently the Secondary ELA Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.
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Davina Sauthoff

Library Media Specialist, Utah State Board of Education - USBE
Davina Sauthoff is the Library Media Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education where she collaborates and provides support and professional learning to K-12 school librarians. Prior to her current position, Davina was a district library coach, a school librarian, and a classroom... Read More →

Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah