Google "Popcorn Reading" and you get a roughly 50/50 mix of sites recommending the practice and sites ridiculing the practice. There is no serious research in the literacy field that supports Popcorn Reading. The definitive book on the topic was written more than 15 years ago, Good-bye Round Robin, by Michael Opitz and Tim Rasinski, and yet the practice persists. How can we keep Popcorn Reading from popping up all over the place? Maybe by focusing our message. Rather than my wordy, research citing approach from the previous post, perhaps what we need is a Popcorn Reading warning label.
- Popcorn Reading has a negative impact on fluency development.
- Popcorn Reading has a negative impact on decoding.
- Popcorn Reading has a negative impact on reading comprehension.
I could go on, but then we would lose our short pithy message. Join my struggle. Restrict popcorn to the movies.