20 Minutes of Reading Each Night
Each night our students are expected to read. They may log the books that they read and earn a reward. An interesting item I came across while visiting other classrooms was a handout about reading 20 minutes a night. The author is unknown, but it really puts into perspective what the 20 minutes of reading does for students. Take a moment to read....
So, Why can't I skip my twenty minutes of reading tonight?
Let's figure it out mathematically!!!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights every week; Student B reads only 4 minutes a minutes a night or not at all.
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week. That means- Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week= 100 mins./week. Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week= 20 mins./week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month. That means- Student A reads 400 minutes a month. Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes per month x 9 months/school year. That means- Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days a year.
By the end of the 6th grade, Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits. Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days while Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school 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 read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school. . .life???