It's amazing to me what a difference 10 minutes make....
In 10 minutes you can
send an email
make a phone call
play fetch with the dog
sing along with a couple of songs on the radio
chat with a friend
eat lunch (if you're a teacher)
stare out the window
grade an essay
record a class of grades on the computer
begin a blog post
cuddle a dog
walk around the block
play a Facebook game
warm up leftovers for supper
In 10 minutes you can read a book.
Read a book.
And like it.
Transforming my classroom and my students.
Those freshmen who proudly proclaimed they never read a book.
Those freshmen who hated to read.
And they're liking it (well, most of them).
That's all it takes.
Set the timer and go.
Only now, after a couple of weeks,
The books get put away a little slower than they did at the beginning.
Finish a sentence, a paragraph, a page...
They went from dilly dallying to
"Don't start til I'm ready."
From "here we go again" to
"Can't we just read today?"
Really. That's all it took.
At the beginning of class.
Started a revolution.