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The Real Reason Striving Readers Get Tired of Trying

For our Reading Horizons Book Club, we have been reading How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. While reading it, this statistic sent me into a thinking frenzy: “mental work can’t make you tired. The brain can work as well and as swiftly at the end of eight or even twelve hours of effort as at the beginning, the brain is utterly tireless.” (pg. 202) Wait, what? If you’re anything like me, you feel like your brain does get tired after using it for extended periods.

Carnegie goes on to explain what it is that really makes us feel like our brains are tired: “Most of our fatigue comes from our mental and emotional attitudes. Dr. A. A. Drill declared: ‘100% of the fatigue of the sedentary worker in good health is due to psychological factors, by which we mean emotional factors.’ We get tired because our emotions produce nervous tensions in the body.” (pg. 203)

I couldn’t help but apply that to striving readers. If simply using their brain to read doesn’t tire their mind, why then, when striving readers are practicing reading, do they say they are tired after a while? Why do they want to stop trying? According to the statistic presented by Carnegie, struggling readers get tired when reading because they are frustrated with themselves, they are worried they will never understand, or they are being weighed down by another emotional problem while trying to read.

A lot of times, striving readers don’t have to feel frustrated. With interactive, explicit phonics instruction, learning to reach becomes much easier. If you work with striving readers, teach them in a way that will prevent them from feeling frustrated or worried.

Learn how the Reading Horizons elementary reading curriculum and reading intervention program decrease student frustration as they learn to read. 

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