So what did we learn from our co-design workshop with twenty five Year 6, 7 and 8 boys who are reluctant readers? We learned that they think books are boring, reading is hard, and playing sports and video games are more interesting.
But we also learned what will change the game for them:
Content. They want books that are practical 'how to guides' on topics they want to know about (strategies to win basketball and video games, hunting, driving, wrestling) and that tell stories about real people's lives.
Context. The boys want their reading experience to be dynamic, social and embedded in the activities they enjoy. They thought subtitles could be included in their favourite on-line games, libraries could be like escape rooms, spaces could transform into 3D images of what they were reading, or basketball hoops would only work if they read a chapter before shooting.
Image. Reading is uncool. The boys thought those that read by choice were lonely, bad at sport and nerdy. Reading needs an image over-haul.
Now we will work with like-minded partners to find strategies to bring these ideas to life and test them again with our co-design boys.
I will keep you posted and welcome your feedback.
Jo Cribb, CE