The 7th and 8th grade teachers administered our “How I Feel about Reading Survey” to teams of students based on questions suggested by Kelly Gallagher in his book Readicide. In this book, Gallagher discusses the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools. Each survey provides a snapshot for each team of students and their attitude towards reading.
The student body is divided into four teams, and each team has taken the survey these first few days of school. As we look at the data, the results are contradictory. Take for example the results of two prompts: I think being a good reader is important for success in life juxtaposed with the results from I read everyday and look forward to my reading time.
In the contradictory world of the middle school, students agree that reading is important, they just don’t look forward to reading.
The teachers will be working this year to change that “rarely” looking forward to reading to “usually” looking forward to reading.