Keeping Community in a Time of Social Distancing
My office was moved to Tokyo. To unpack and set up the space, I had to go downtown. I didn’t want to take a crowded train, so I drove my car.
To have less contact with people, I bought lunch and dinner with electronic money, and I ate alone in my office.
But I wasn’t alone. My students texted me, saying, «We bought a webcam.» We tested it, and it worked great. We can have online lessons using Skype.
Later, I met with a good friend on FaceTime. We chatted face-to-face, and we enjoyed good conversation for a long time.
Later today, my book club will meet. We will discuss a great book with video chat, using Google Hangouts.
So, we can share time together during a time of social distancing.
A while ago, I planned a series of videos called «Why Read Big?» And today’s video just happens to fit with the topic of social distancing.
Thank you for your interest. We’d love to hear your comments.
The French novelist Honore de Balzac said, «Reading brings us unknown friends.» Reading brings us unknown friends.
I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD. and I’m asking the question, why read big? Well, for reason #3, the answer is community. Now in my first video I use the word BEE to describe the basic principles of big reading or extensive reading. B stands for big, E stands for easy, where we understand 98% of the words on every page at the right level. And E stands for enjoyment or enjoyable. BEE also carries the idea of community. It doesn’t just mean an insect. Another meaning of the word BEE is a meeting of people in a community for pleasure for work or enjoyment. For example we can have a quilting bee or people work on quilts together for pleasure or a spelling bee where students work together to improve their spelling skills.
But we can also have a reading bee, a community of readers who read for work or for enjoyment. And what’s interesting about a reading bee is there are three very interesting aspects. The first one is characters. So, when we read fiction for example we enter into a world of characters. If you read Harry Potter, for example, you enter into the world of Harry’s community, his friends, you care about them. You want to know what’s going to happen to them. You want them to be safe. So, we enter into a world of characters when we read fiction.
When we read non-fiction, we also enter into a community of writers. Who is one of your favorite non-fiction writers? I really like Dr. Richard Wiseman. He’s written some very interesting books, for example, The Luck Factor, it’s the science of luck. And I’ve never met him face to face, but I have met him in his books. I’ve met his mind in his books. So, when we read, we enter into a community of writers, when we meet writers as we read what they have to say.
And lastly, when we read big, we enter into a community of readers. I’m in a book club right now and we’re reading a book together, and we talk about it. We share ideas. So, when we read big, we talk about what we read with other readers. And so, we enter into a community of other readers. So, a reading bee is a community of readers where we meet characters in fiction, where we meet writers in their books and in their thinking, and where we meet with other readers to talk about what we learn and what we enjoy. Smart learners read big! My name is Joseph Poulshock from Big English Success and from ReadOasis.com.