“Mimi, would you read me this book?”
Most important and excellent observations, Jeff! Thanks for writing this up for the inspiration of others. Of course, we know that the GREATEST PREDICTOR OF READING GROWTH IS TIME SPENT READING. We just sometimes forget that being read to, by Mimi, a computer, an iPad, a $5 mp3 player, all counts as TIME SPENT READING. Well done.
Well said, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. Admitting that you aren’t the biggest fan of reading isn’t the easiest statement to make; but a powerful one to say the least.
This is relatable for so many...and highlights the importance of the impact we, as teachers, can have by nurturing reading in a way students need. We have to be mindful that to continue to encourage the joys of reading- we must allow students to have access to age appropriate content. There is so much reward and confidence for a student who may not be at grade level reading, but can sit alongside their peers and independently engage themselves in the same book with some earbuds that may be above their reading level.
That said, like you mentioned in your “big picture"...a digital file, braille, audio format, or "Mimi" can certainly make that happen. Now, what can one do to get story time with Mimi?
I am a Mimi, too, who loves reading to my two grands. Each one was read to long before they knew how to sit up and now still love for me to read to them from my collection of children's books I have collected over the years. Thanks for sharing.