What do you want them to gain from reading the textbook that they cannot get from short 10 min demonstrations and lectures? Is the textbook information a lead in to the actual projects they do? Is the textbook information written in a visual and exciting manner? Is the textbook style appropriate for this age group?
These would be questions I would ask first.
Can the textbook information have a study guide?
Break reading down to 10 to 15 minutes. Chunk the reading. With specific questions they need to answer to demonstrate they read the material.
Use the reading as a jumping off point for doing other work. The reading is a task that must be done before a project can be started. It is their ticket to engage into working.
Could two people work reading together. One person reads a section and then gives a summery to the other person. The other person writes down the summery. When they get done a copy of the others summery goes to the partner.
Just some thoughts.
> I am in need of some advise on how to get students to
> read during class.
> This is my second year for having a textbook in my
> beginning art and ceramic
> class. I have a classroom set so the students can't
> take them home so any
> reading that needs to be done is done in class. How is the
> best way to
> handle this. If I tell the students to read most of them
> don't. I hesitate
> at having the students read out loud because I hated doing
> that when I was
> in school but I would be willing to try that if I know of a
> way that wasn't
> so stressful for the kids that didn't read as well as
> the others. Any
> suggestions on how to handle this would really be
> > Blessings,
> > Joe Cox