Once a term dreaded by students everywhere (remember those Evelyn Woodhead speed reading courses?), knowing how to be a “slow reader” turns out to be an incredibly powerful skill in our fast-paced, information-overloaded times.
But what exactly does the term mean? The definition has expanded recently to one beyond someone struggling to become a proficient reader. These days, “slow reading” is used to describe the ability to actually read something longer than a text or a Tweet. It’s the skill required to shift out of our frantic, screen-drenched mode into a slower pace, one where you can actually read an entire magazine article, an essay, maybe even — gasp — a book (you know, the one made out of a paper). (And by that we mean reading without checking texts and email alerts every
five minutes 30 seconds.
A fascinating story about the potentially lost skill of slow reading, Manoush Zomorodi discusses the critical differences between screen versus paper reading and perhaps, more importantly, their impact on one another. Her conclusion: The more electronic reading we do, the harder it is to slow read.
It’s an important report (and one you don’t have to read! The podcast is 17 minutes long.)
So say you do decide to delve into some great paper reading adventures this summer. Where to start? Here’s one of our all-time favorite reading lists for kids 9-14.