“How do you ever find time to read all those books?”
”Well, I listen to audiobooks during my commute…”
“Oh. That’s not really reading.”
I find myself having this conversation more and more these days. What counts as real reading? Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the book? Is a graphic novel “rigorous” text? Should students be “allowed” to engage with these types of texts for classroom purposes?
I answer yes wholeheartedly to all of the above questions, and this is why.
During my commute which is about thirty minutes each way to school, I live on audiobooks. Often, I am still listening as I walk into the classroom each day leaving people I passed in the hallway wondering why my pants are talking. Audiobooks are not just a way for students to shirk reading assignments. They offer both students and adults an opportunity to access…
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