In 20 minutes, I can run 2.5 miles.
In 20 minutes, I can make dinner (no guarantee it will be great!).
In 20 minutes, I can fold a few loads of laundry.
In 20 minutes, I can make some amazingly delicious pumpkin cookies.
In 20 minutes, I can untangle a strand of Christmas lights.
In 20 minutes, I can FaceTime with my family members.
In 20 minutes, I can write a new blog post.
In 20 minutes, I can sometimes make a decision about what to wear
(girls, you know what I'm talking about!).
I saw this infographic on Pinterest this morning and wanted to share it with you! It's amazing how just 20 minutes of reading every day can have such a drastic affect on you. I often hear (and use!) excuses like, "I can't read because I don't have time!" Now, I'm not naive and I know 8th graders are going to say reading isn't important to them. I feel like most of the time, American students automatically react this way with almost anything school related. But what's interesting is, as a teacher, I can SEE the differences between students who read and those who don't read. I literally can SEE the differences within the first few weeks of school. I can see it in their writing, their thinking, and the way they communicate in the classroom. The differences are stark! The ability to read has so many more implications for a person's adult life than you may think. When I walk into accelerated math classes, I see such a wide range of students with interests and family backgrounds, but the one common thread between all of them is that they are readers! This is true in any state I taught in.
The awesome thing is that ONLY 20 minutes of reading per day can have HUGE affects on you! Only 20 minutes! Now, I can squeeze in 20 minutes of anything if I really thought about it. A few times, I've caught myself reading a book while blow drying my hair. It's true. I admit it - I may have a problem. A good problem at that.
So, what's something that you've done to make sure you are reading at home? What's something that's prevented you from reading at home? What's something you could easily adjust or change to make sure you read for 20 minutes on your own? How could those 20 minutes impact you?