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Why Do Students Love (or Hate) to Read? This Teacher Asks Hers to Figure That Out for Themselves

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” #projectliteracy

An excerpt from a student’s “literacy portfolio.” Image courtesy Jess Burnquist.

Time and time again, research has shown that when students own their learning—when they are able to have a say in what and how they learn—the gains they make in the classroom truly last. Test scores increase and failure rates fall, especially when it comes to certain subjects. Putting students in the proverbial driver’s seat is called active learning, and it’s been raved about by educational researchers since at least 1987, when Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson famously said in an article for the American Association for Higher Education that:

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