Reading & Writing for Pleasure

Just read the excellent Reading and Writing for Pleasure: A Framework for Practice and Approaches to Reading and Writing for Pleasure by the Open University’s Reading for Pleasure programme. Plus the TES interview with Professor Teresa Cremin about how to encourage more children to read for pleasure.

The takeaways seem to me to be ones involving the authenticity of reading and writing activities:

  • a critical importance of developing Writing for Pleasure AND Reading for Pleasure;
  • the importance of motivating children to develop positive identities of themselves as readers and writers (“negotiated and co-constructed in and through interaction with others in different social environments”)
  • enabling children to feel they have agency, competence and social connection through reading and writing;
  • the importance of time devoted to access to (a wide range of) texts;
  • positive reading experiences lead to a desire to write;
  • learner-led social interactions (talking about/sharing reading and writing; open-ended discusions) is motivational;
  • teachers who are readers and writers themselves are positively influential.

Added notes to this over on my digital garden for future reference.