Friday, 20 June 2014

From “Lazy” to “Avid” Reader

I remember in the 1980s when I was in primary school, we had a “Master Reader Program”.

The program required each and every student in the class to finish reading at least one story book a month. Of course the more books you completed reading, the better it will be. Eventually the Reader with the most number of books completed will be crowned “The Master Reader” of the class or school.

Each student will have an “exercise book” and after each completed story book, he or she will require to record the Title, Author and Date with an additional column for Teacher’s assessment. The assessment will be done in a particular day of the month or week. Students were then required to bring along their completed storybook(s) on that day.

During the assessment, our teacher will flip randomly to a particular page of the book, and asked questions related to the contents of the book. If your answers were “satisfactory” or even if it was not, but somehow your body language did not betray, you will be deem to have “passed”! Upon passing the test, a “star shaped sticker” will be pasted on our notebook, for each completed story book read. At the end of the year, any student who completed a minimum of thirty books will be “crowned” “Master Reader” rewarded by a 'Badge', you can proudly wear for the rest of next year!

Reading storybooks was downright nightmare for me then. Frankly, reading books outside school textbooks remain dreadful for most part of my education. As far as I can recall, I average five or less completed books each year throughout the Master Reader Program. This is not to mention some of the "star stickers" were earned trying so hard to “faked the body language to convince” rather than earnestly completed the reading of the book.

I was labeled the undisputable “Lazy Reader" by my teacher.

More than 20 years later, I enjoyed reading and writing.  This is how life can changed the way that you least expected!

For now, I had added "a new page in my blog", which display the list of Books, Videos and Courses that has impacted my life since 2010.

 “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” - Frances Ann Lebowitz

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. - Harold Kushner


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