Promote Big Reading Through the As If Principle

AsIfJALTNational2015By Douglas Forster and Joseph Poulshock

What is the As If Principle? 

“If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” — William James, 1884

We presented our latest iteration of insights about As If Principle at the JALT National Conference in Shizuoka on November 21, 2015. We summarized and demonstrate five practical case studies and practices that use the “As If Principle” (AIP) to motivate students to do big reading: (1) The Five-Minute Drill, (2) The Reading Poster Project, (3) The Reading Photo Project, (4) The Confidence Trick, and (5) The Power Pose. Besides these activities, we discussed ways to research the efficacy of the As If Principle.

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