Here are many strategies to encourage reading in the classroom. It is always important for readers to make connections between the reading and the outside world. I also recommend audio books because some students benefit from listening to fluent readers. Finally, I love the idea of taking a field trip to a book store or museum.
If teachers give students the opportunity to choose their reading materials and they create an environment that is reader-friendly, then the chances of students wanting to read will be enhanced. I like SSR and comfortable seating for readers. I also like book chats and book promotions. Students need to share what they read and what they learn from their texts.
There are many theoretical and practical applications regarding reading and motivation on this site. Teachers can learn about how to inspire readers and then apply the theory. The section on ownership is particularly interesting.
This is an engaging way for students to interact with the text by acting as an author. The authors speak to each other and through this discussion, the characters in the text come to life. I will definitely try this strategy this year!
This is a quick video about promoting reading by having students engage in silent sustained reading for the first five minutes of class. Students can read whatever they want as long as they are quiet. I would add to this idea by asking kids to do quick "shares" about what they read -- it is not necessary for all kids to participate every day, but eventually the teacher should be sure that all voices are heard.
I like reading conferences because it gives a teacher the chance to work one-on-one with a student. During the conference, the teacher learns whether or not the student has read, but he/she also learns so much more! Teachers can use this opportunity to make a quick assessment about the students' motivation and learn about the student's interests.
It is a good idea to take notes while reading texts. This video explains "thinking notes" and how they can be used to enhance comprehension and class discussion. I like using "thinking notes" to foster collaborative understanding.