I mean, I even read the number plates of cars driving towards me (apparently, I inherited this diamond of a quirk from my mum). I remember as a young child, my reading material of choice were cereal packets at the breakfast table, back in those heady days where you raced downstairs, elbowing siblings out of the way to rummage for that new bicycle reflector, reducing most of the contents to dust in your quest. Sigh.
Then, out of nowhere, reading became more of a chore. I simply could not find the time. I stopped reading for pleasure in the evenings, any reading I did was work-related and typically went in one eye and out the other (except when I was reading about European Glass Eels along with my Primary 7s, now that project certainly gave me a boost again - I'll tell you about it another time). I was proof-reading, reading instructions, deciphering handwriting. I would occasionally manage to read the titles of books recommended by Uncle Richard and Auntie Judy but would never actually get round to reading what was inside them. Every now and again, my eyes (and heart) would illuminate when something I had taught would appear in a child's written piece: a jewel of a simile, an underlying metaphor or an attempt at pace through syntax.
But give me jotters full of stories told through direct speech any day (I know you've been there) over never-ending documentation that feels as though it should be incredibly important but which I just can't keep my eyes open long enough to get through. I remember one such tome, which was originally printed in black and white on A4 - it didn't matter that the staples struggled to hold those pages together as none of us actually got round to reading it. A summarised version was redistributed a year later: an unthreatening A5 booklet in full colour...I read the pages with bullet points and attempted to tease meaning from the jolly diagrams. I still couldn't find a spare second to digest it.
What I needed back then was information that cut-to-the-chase. Time is money, my friend. Or more realistically in this game, time is relaxing/socialising/sleeping, my friend. It also helped incredibly when it just looked good. The visuals might not change the content, but they certainly do help me absorb what I'm reading.
One such title which I wish existed back then is Enterprise 101: A Teacher's Guide. It's the Ronseal of enterprise education. It's everything you need to know to get enterprise started in your classroom in a nutshell: what it is, why it's important and how to go about it.
It presents a well-balanced summary of the literature available, encourages you to reflect and signposts further study if your interest is piqued. And bonus: it's visually appealing too, which made me actually enjoy the experience of consuming it.
Go on, give it a read and enjoy some time back in your life for relaxing/socialising/sleeping on us!
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