Why Read Big? Reason 1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 4 —  The Best Way to Improve How You Learn and Teach
The world famous linguist Paul Nation says that big reading works as the most important improvement that a teacher can make in a language course.  My name is Joseph Poulshock, PhD. and I am asking the question, “Why Read Big?”  Well for reason number 4, the answer is because... Read more
Born a Businessman (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 In 1966, Richard was 16 years old. He was a student, but he was annoyed with the way he was taught in school. He wanted to change his world, and he was going to do something about it. He resolved to publish a magazine that was... Read more
The Science of Painful Words (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 "If you cut me, I may bleed. But your words can't touch me. I'm too strong." This sounds powerful. But is it true? Are words just words? The answer is "no." Bad words are dangerous just like a knife. Unkind words make children unhappy. They cause... Read more
Stop Multitasking
By Fast Company and Gina Trapani ReadOasis Step 5 A human’s ability to do several things at once, it’s a wonder of biology. It means we can eat a burrito while we walk down the street and listen to music and daydream about the weekend, all at the same... Read more
Fortune and the Logger
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago there lived in a forest a logger and his wife and children. He was very poor, depending only on his axe for cutting wood and two mules. The mules carried the wood he cut to the neighboring... Read more
Music and Mindfulness – with Christopher Hardy
ReadOasis Step 2 Christopher took his seat in the middle of the concert hall. A flow of people filled the room. The lights went dark, and all the talking heads turned silent. In the quiet and dark, electricity filled the air as people waited for the music. And when... Read more
Seven Elements of Story Grammar (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Harry glanced at his best friends Ron and Hermione. He was not smiling. He was isolated at his uncle's house for the summer. And Harry's uncle, aunt, and cousin were dreadful. Ron and Hermione stayed with their group of friends, a group that Harry... Read more
The Boy and the Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang Retold by Jenna Schmalz ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time an Indian hunter decided to journey far away from all his tribe. He wanted to build himself a hut in the middle of a great forest. Since his heart was warm and kind,... Read more
A Force for Good in Music
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) U2 in Concert It was a cool winter night in January 2002 in New York. The city that never sleeps was wide-awake and full of movement. Even in the cold, you could feel the energy of arts, entertainment, culture, and money. That week, top... Read more
A Culture of Bribery
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) It was two hours before closing time. But Mr. Lee had to ask his customers to leave the store. “I’m very sorry. You have to leave now. I have special business to take care of.” His wife looked sad. "The store is so busy,... Read more
How to Attain Presentation Zen (Step 3)
By Lyric Smith ReadOasis Step 3 PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software in the world today. Over 400 million copies are in use. But there are drawbacks to PowerPoint. It can cause you to oversimplify, and it can prevent you from empathizing and connecting with people. To give... Read more
Hard Times and Happiness
ReadOasis Step 2 We live in the best of times. We live in the worst of times. We live in an age of wisdom. We live in an age of foolishness. We live in an age of light. We live in an age of darkness. In 1859, Charles Dickens... Read more
Why Learn English?
ReadOasis Step 2 English is currently the world’s common language. It’s the international language of business, politics, and the Internet. About 400 million people speak English as a first language. And about a billion people are learning it today. To learn any foreign language, we need motivation. Motivation is... Read more
Understanding X & Y
ReadOasis Step 2 Lori stopped her car at the red light. She looked down and saw that she needed gasoline. When the light turned green, she drove to the nearest gas station. She pulled up to the pump. She got out of the car, and she started pumping gas.... Read more
Luther and the Storm (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Part 1 Creative Commons Photo by JohnBailey63 It was a cloudy day in summer. The sun's light lit up the green grass as clouds moved across the sky. The colors of the German countryside danced in the changing light. A soft, cool wind blew through the... Read more
Get Up Earlier than the Next Guy
By Tom Peters (Creative Commons) ReadOasis Step 2 Flying to Boston from London on Saturday morning. 7 hours. Professional woman sitting in front of me. I duly swear, she did not look up for 7 hours. She produced more on her laptop than I do in ... a week... Read more
Snowflake
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a farmer called Ivan. His wife’s name was Marie. They were very happy together. But there was one thing they were missing. They had no children. They used to like watching their neighbors’ children. But... Read more
Babe: A Good Mannered Pig
ReadOasis Step 2 Babe is a young pig who wants to become a sheep dog. He is separated from his family, and he finds himself on a strange farm. Babe becomes confused and lonely. But a friendly sheep dog takes care of him. And Babe slowly adjusts to his... Read more