Research has proven which approaches work for helping struggling readers improve their reading skills, but what if they aren’t motivated to improve their reading skills? We all know how to do a lot of things that we don't do simply because we aren’t motivated.

Often it’s not the know-how that stops us from completing tasks; it’s often the lack of motivation. Because of its fundamental importance in everyone’s daily routine and what we do and don’t accomplish each day, many researchers have taken a closer look at motivation. This video compiles what research has discovered about motivation:


When working with your struggling reader the more you awaken these basic motives into your struggling reader, the more success you will have:

  1. Autonomy: the desire to be self-directed (software programs can be a great way to help struggling readers feel a sense of independence and autonomy as they work to overcome their challenge)
  2. Mastery: the urge to get better at stuff
  3. Purpose: the desire to work for something bigger than ourselves (many struggling readers have found success when they find a hobby or interest that requires them to learn to read)

Share your suggestions for motivating struggling readers!