Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?
Let's figure it out --- mathematically!!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night ... or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times 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 or less.
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 or less. Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months in a school year. Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year. Student B reads 720 minutes or less in 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 or less of reading practice
By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits,
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days or less
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 a better vocabulary? Which student would you expect to be more successful in school...and in life?