Reading is not a race: The virtues of the ‘slow reading’ movement

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Young students are pushed to learn how to read quickly with “nonsense fluency” drills and other tasks. But this obsession with speed is unnecessary and even harmful, argues a proponent of the “slow reading” movement.

Judith Morais‘s insight:

This article in the Washington Post highlights the fact that reading is not just a skill. I have always been such a reader, slowing to savour the words at times, skimming past parts that don’t touch me. How do we get our students to enjoy their reading in the same way? To develop a passion for reading? To find meaning in their reading in their own lives? The choice of texts we use with our students will make all the difference I think. And more importantly, what we do with the texts to help them find meaning.

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One response to this post.

  1. When students learn to read slow, they have more time to process the information they’ve read, and make true connections between the written and spoken language. I make sure my students slow down when reading so I can hear their pronunciation of the words, and I also ask them questions about what they’ve read, checking their reading comprehension. If they don’t understand, I’ll re-read it and explain what they don’t know to the best of my ability.


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