Book Clubs with NLF Online – For Parents and Educators will begin with the book, READER, COME HOME, by Maryanne Wolf.
This book is structured in the form of letters to a reader, as the author looks at what happens to the human brain when we read, and how we can nurture the practice of deep reading in an age of digital distraction. The letters consider the need to build a reading culture and how our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection is deeply influenced by our reading.
Each interaction will see Kavita Gupta Sabharwal, co-founder, Neev Literature Festival, in conversation with Indian and international reading experts and psychologists on particular chapters of the book.
Session 1: Sep 16 – Aruna Sankaranarayanan (Author / Psychologist) 5.30 to 6.30 pm IST (GMT +5.5)
Session 2: Sep 23 – Katie Day (Children’s Literature Specialist) Time: 5.30 to 6.30 pm IST (GMT +5.5) Required Reading – Letters 4, 5 and 6.
Katie Day will discuss the letters which talk about how, over the last ten years, we have changed in how much we read, how we read, what we read, and why we read with a “digital chain” that connects the links among them all and extracts a tax we have only begun to tally.
These portions of the book also touch upon how, with multiple devices demanding their attention, children stand to risk developing a “grasshopper mind,” where their attention flits quickly from one task to another. How much of an impact does reading have on this?
Session 3: Sep 30 – Sujata Noronha (Early Literacy Specialist) 5.30 to 6.30 pm IST (GMT +5.5)
Required Reading – Letter 7: The Science and Poetry in Learning and Teaching to Read
This letter looks at children between the ages of five and ten years. For children who read, the journey through books to new lands is effortless. However, for those who don’t, this journey can be a constant struggle up a mountain.
What can schools do to help ensure, as Dr Maryanne Wolf states in the book, that “all our children reach their potential as contributing members of our society”?
Dr Wolf cites three big ways to do this: i) comprehensive ongoing assessment from the outset; ii) excellent, well-informed teaching methods; iii) coordinated emphases by all teachers on developing reading and language skills across the grades.
Sujata Noronha will speak with us about all of these, and the ways in which these could translate into actions.