Reading is one of the basic literacy skills we have been taught from early ages in our life.As we grow up and our personalities start to get its peculiar shape we become more and more divergent on the way we perceive of this skill. We even develop different reading habits, some read only for the gist, some do skimming, others are heavy and engaged readers, some read an hour before they sleep, others love to read in public places and buses.No matter how, when and what we read, reading is essential for cognitive maturity.
As teachers and educators, you will notice that today's students or at least the majority no longer care about reading as we once did. They are instead more digitally focused. They have access to digital content that is embodied in multimodel visual media outlets such as You tube, and Face book. It seems like nothing else holds their attention more than an audio visual clip or video. Unfortunately this is one of the pitfalls of the Generation M. As much as I am a strong advocator of the use of technology into education as much as I am disappointed in the negative learning habits some of our students have developed because of the mal use of this same technology. Anyway, I am not going to elaborate more on this point because it will be beyond the scope of a short blogger post but instead will share with you a great article that I hope you would spare it some time and read it attentively and I mean Attentively and not just skimming it. This article is entitled "The 20 Biggest Reasoms You Should Read" and is featured in Edudemic. Ater reading it twice I decided to share it with you in case you need interesting ideas to motivate your students to read more.
Here are the 20 reasons why you should read, this is just a brief overview, head over to the original article to read them in details.
1- Enhances the senses
2- Enables lifelong learning
3- Allows for better skill retention
4- Improves creativity
5- Better verbal abilities
6- Increases one's stores of knowledge
7- Higher test scores
8- Reduced stress levels
9- Improves critical thinking
10- Staves off dementia
11- Dimentia settles in at a slower rate
12- Better reasoning
13- Confidence building
14- More white matter
15- Increases brain flexibility
16- Improved memory
17- Build relationships between parents and children
18- Better listening skills
19- An easier time concentrating
20- Alleviates mental health disorders