Gary Probst wrote:

Here is something to think about.  What I show students is the
relationship between reading speed and concentration.

wpm = words per minute

 (thinking wpm) - (reading wpm) = (wpm the mind can wander)
      600 - 150 = 450
      600 - 250 = 350
      600 - 400 = 200
      600 - 600 = 0

When you are reading and find your eyes moving across the lines of
print, but the information is not going into your mind, the problem
could be you are reading very slowly. (less than 100 wpm)  Speed up your
reading and you will find you can now concentrate on what you are
reading.  As the above chart shows, it is difficult to concentrate when
you are reading speed is way below your thinking speed.  You can control
you reading speed.  However, it is not possible to control your thinking
speed.  You mind runs at differents speed depending upon what you are
doing and what is happening in your environment.

Have you noticed how many book the President "claims" to have read so
far on his vacation.  Because of all of the information he is required
to know, he must receive this information through reading.  Listening
only brings information in at 100-125 wpm.  Bill must read at a rapid

When you think, you are speaking to yourself. Reading is speaking
silently to yourself.  You can think faster than you can pronounce

Peggy Keller wrote:
> What a cool thread--too bad I didn't get around to it sooner; you see, I
> was reading voraciously for pleasure during my week off!  I think Gary's
> right on with his comments.  Different types of reading require different
> speeds.  (Walt's right, too; stuff like Tristram Shandy cannot be read any
> other way than slogging through the mire!  Can you tell that type of lit.
> is NOT my favorite?)
> Students need to know that some things can be skimmed and some can't.  It
> all depends on your purpose (a reading test to get a job versus reading
> Stephen King's latest just for fun).  My husband and I are considered
> "speed readers" because we devour thrillers, action/adventure,
> mystery/suspense novels to the tune of several each per week--more when we
> don't have to go to work and school, too.
> However, it's a whole heap easier reading a contemporary novel for fun
> than it is reading a Social Science Research textbook for a grade!
> Particularly when math is not your forte! (Guess what I'll be studying
> this term?)  I know I'm going to have to read more slowly to get some
> parts of the information--the stuff that deals with math--than I will the
> parts that deal with theory, because that's the way I'm wired.
> Students need to know that people ARE, in fact, wired differently.  I have
> friends, whom I envy, who can breeze through math texts in the blink of an
> eye where I have to sweat each and every page. However, I have other
> skills they don't have!  It all evens out, and, if you're lucky, you can
> find a job that lets you use the skills you're best at.  That's what I try
> to impress on my students.
> I'm all for speed-reading.  It has its place.  But there is also room, I
> hope, for dipping leisurely into a book.
> Peggy Keller
> Lead Learning Assistant for English
> Assistance Centers for Education
> Department of Adult and Developmental Education
> Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
> 525 Buena Vista SE
> Albuquerque, NM  87106
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