Why Can’t I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?
(Shared by Emmy Ellis: source unknown)
Let’s figure it out-mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes for five nights 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 a week.
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 x 9 months/school year.
Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.
Student A is practicing reading the equivalent of ten school days a year, while 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 will have read 60 school days while Student B will have read only 12 school days.
One could 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?
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?