Ms. Royle the English teacher uses reading logs. Your teacher may too. If your English teacher does not use reading logs, you are lucky.
A reading log is a table which you fill in with the amount of time you read. There is a threshold of time; if the time you read is greater than the threshold, your English mark is increased. Unless it has changed, this threshold is 30 minutes. Ms. Royle says this is supposed to make us enjoy reading more.
I dislike these reading logs. Keeping track of how long you read distracts you from reading, as you have to remember to start and stop a timer which is always in the back of your mind as you read. More importantly, it has been proven that rewards are not a good way to motivate people. This is explained better than I could in Alfie Kohn’s book Punished by Rewards, but a fact that helps prove my point is that a reward does not make a person enjoy a task; instead, the person sees the task as something that must be done to obtain the reward.
(Ms. Royle claims to have read this book, but she still thinks a reward would make us enjoy reading.)
Now, I had an idea to make reading logs less miserable. The idea was to write my own story that took 30 minutes to read. Unfortunately, I was unable to make a story last that long, running out of ideas at 9 minutes.
I have a proposal for people who may be in a similar situation or who want to help combat the horror of reading logs.
My proposal is this: Multiple people write a story together, then read it and distribute it to anyone interested.
This would avoid the problem of running out of ideas because if one writer runs out of ideas, they can give the story to another person who does have ideas.
I imagine these stories being made up as they are written, only editing past text to check spelling and grammar, as this strategy has produced funny stories in the past.
Who would like to join me in this venture?
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