Thursday, September 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (Loud)

         From Booking Through Thursday:

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

             As a teachers of high school students I think it's for the birds. My students are so used to being read to that at times they don't have the proper skills to read and comprehend quietly to themselves. However, in the classroom reading aloud does have its time and place...when we read "The Death of the Hired Man", we listen to it as it has dialogue that is hard to follow if you don't hear it first. As a parent of an almost two year old I wouldn't have it any other way and love reading aloud to her...even if it's One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (which is pretty long for a toddler to sit and listen to) and enjoy when she parrots some of the words or reads certain pages to her baby doll. She wouldn't be able to do this if I didn't read aloud to her.
          Reading aloud does bring back memories of my childhood...of my mother standing in the hall, so we could hear her as she read aloud to us from The Bible or some book meant to teach kids about morals or Laura Ingalls Wilder.
          I dislike audio books, I'm not really an auditory learner and one sure way to make sure I run off the road or fall asleep is to start an audio. If I have to listen to something I'm usually taking notes or asking questions if I know I have to understand it, that takes all the fun out of pleasure reading...although if David Duchovny wanted to read me something I'm sure I'd be OK with that as his voice is just dreamy.

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  1. Nice answer, I'm not one for audiobooks either.

    Here's mine:

  2. Not into audio books myself.

  3. I've been saying that if Hugh Laurie or James Spader read a book I'd listen. But David isn't so bad either come to think of it. It'd have to be something sarcastic, though...

    Also, this:

    "My students are so used to being read to that at times they don't have the proper skills to read and comprehend quietly to themselves."

    Now that you write it like that I can think of a handful of people I know who have this problem/issue. That's really interesting - do you know any research about this. I'm sure there has to be something out there.

    *goes off to google*



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