November 6, 2005

Wildcard Blog

It took me awhile to think about what I wanted to write. As most of you know, I love to read. Since many of you are studying to be English teachers, I want to share the benefits of reading with you:

According to Time for a Good Book,

Research shows that avid readers:

read better write better concentrate better
are quicker to see subtleties
have an easier time processing new information
have a better chance for a successful, fulfilling adult life
have many interests and do well in a wide variety of subjects
develop an ability to understand how other people think and feel
acquire the ability to sift information and to understand how unrelated facts can fit into a whole
tend to be more flexible in their thinking and more open to new ideas
weather personal problems better without their schoolwork being affected
And with the explosion of information in the workplace, only avid readers can stay relatively effortlessly well informed.

It seems as though all I do is read - all the time. Most of my reading is class work right now; however, I am practicing a Baron's LSAT book, as well as reading Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bons (the title was so attractive, and the jacket had ladies floating in the pool eating chocolate - life can't get much better than that).

Ultimately, majoring in English will help you to understand the world at large. Theater is like this to; however, as an instrument, the body has physical limitations - whereas, minds know no bounds. So immerse yourself in a good book this evening - maybe even one that has not been assigned for classroom reading....

What is your favorite book?

Posted by KatieAikins at November 6, 2005 6:41 PM

Katie, I also share your love of reading. Reading was the first hobby I ever developed as a child, and I still love to read. Like you mentioned most of the books I read now are for class assignments. Since I have so many reading assignments it is hard for me to just choose a book I want to read. After graduation I can not wait to go into a bookstore and pick a book solely for the purpose of entertainment.

I think the list you created was wonderful. It is important for people to realize all the benefits of reading, since for some reason children grow up today thinking reading is boring. I think reading can be very exciting. I am currently taking a children’s literature course and I found a wonderful quote in the text that asks people to remember the first time you read a book and felt like you were really a part of it. I reflected on the quote and remembered how wonderful it feels to become part of a book, and regardless of other plans you keep reading because you can't put a book down. As teachers I think we need to become familiar with our students interests, so that we can suggest books that will lead to these enriching experiences.

Another benefit to reading is helping with vocabulary development. Many standardized and intelligence tests put a great deal of emphasis on vocabulary. One example would be the SAT that is used for college admissions. The more people read, the stronger their vocabulary will become.

Finally, it is very difficult to pick a favorite book. I would probably choose Jane Eyre. Sadly to say I love romance, whether it is in the form of soap operas or a good novel.

Posted by: Jenna O'Brocto at November 7, 2005 1:17 PM