"Why Can't I Skip My Twenty
Minutes of Reading Tonight?"
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!
Step1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 each week.
Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 minutes a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months in a school year.
Student A reads 3600 minutes a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, student A would have read the equivalent of 60 whole schools days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to be a better reader?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have the better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life?
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
— Dr. Seuss