"Why Can't I Skip My Fifteen Minutes of Reading Tonight?"
Student A reads 15 minutes seven nights of every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 7 each week.
Student A reads 15 minutes x 7 times a week = 105 mins. a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 7 times a week = 28 minutes.
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 420 minutes a month.
Student B reads 112 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months a school year.
Student A reads 3,780 minutes a school year.
Student B reads 1,008 minutes a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B get 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 the equivalent of 60 whole school 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 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 the better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school...and in life?
Which student are you?