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"Reading is so boring!!" As a teacher of many years, I have heard that hopeless comment, in its various guises, so often I get depressed and wonder why any student would down-cry reading. It must be what they have learned over time, or from their friends or what they eat & drink or whatever ...!! How could anyone find reading "boring"?

For a start, the word "boring" is used incorrectly. A thing in itself or something which happens or someone, can't be "boring"!! YOU are the person at fault - it is you who gets bored, yet I would never call you (whoever you are) boring. I might say that I find you difficult or obnoxious or someone of little brain - but boring - NO! If I am bored it is my problem and no-one elses. Reading is a term which covers many things: reading a timetable or instructions or a label on something - reading a text or e-mail - reading the information you need for your assignments - reading the headlines of the news - reading a birthday card - reading a note from someone special - reading, reading, reading ...... "Oh get real, Ms S - what I mean is that it is boring to read BOOKS!!"

At this point, I despair - then brighten up and tell my students something fabulous I have learned by reading a book last night - such as, the word "sincere" - it is associated with the term "sin cere", meaning without wax - that the sculpture doesn't need any wax to cover slight mistakes - it is honest and true!!. I might as well recite, even enthusiastically, the kings and queens of England or the prime ministers of New Zealand or the names of our most successful olympic athletes ( history is my main subject), as to get a positive response. Only one student asks me to spell the term and then writes it down. Well, one out of twenty-six is a start!!

Telling students that I read five or six books a week, plus some extra research - that the dictionary is always handy - that using maps or other language dictionaries or tourist books, makes my reading so much more exciting, colourful and meaningful for me. By now I am very enthusiastic, with shining eyes and wonderful memories. If anyone shows the slightest interest, I might show them my notebook, where I record such discoveries.

"But, Ms S, I find such things so boring!" Well, at least they are taking some responsibility for their boredom!!


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