Student: Hey Mr. McGuire, I read 594 minutes.
Me: Wow, that's a lot of reading for two weeks. That's great!
Student: Yeah, I know:
Me: So did you read that much because you like to read, or because your mom made you?
Student: Hee, hee, the second one.
OK, let's think about this. Students in The Reading Workshop have a weekly Read at Home assignment which is weighted so that the more they read, the higher the grade. At home, this student has fake read over 3 hours a week, every week of the school year. In addition, students read at least 2 hours a week during SSR. He sits, with a book, pretending to understand what he is reading.
His reading log is fairly impressive. He has 15 books listed, and many are excellent choices. He has mastered the art of writing responses, even when you don't get the book. But there are 15 great stories, with exciting events, difficult problems and interesting characters that he missed out on.
It sure sounds boring to me. It would be kind of like watching TV, with the set turned off. Freak the Mighty gets it, maybe Kevin can help him.