This is True: People Like to Be Read To

Students enjoy being read to.

Even seniors.

(I suspect even teachers.)

This week, we are reading excerpts from The Canterbury Tales. I did not read it as though it is a commercial for “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” Still, I read the text for “The Monk” and “The Friar” as dynamically as I’m able. One thing that you have to hand to Chaucer: he’s very funny.

And the class really responded.

In fact, one student even gave me the “thumbs up,” which might be the first time anyone has ever done that to me just for reading out loud.

I don’t have evidence for this, but I can’t help wondering whether people feel like children again when they are read to. I think many of us do not remember high school fondly, but we do remember our childhood fondly. So if you have a class with management issues, try reading out loud. If you have a class that is “distant,” try reading to them.

If you were thinking “should I read aloud?” I say give it a go.