Some weird ideas just work.
Hindsight is 20/20 but if you are honest with yourself you have to look at some really good ideas and think "That's crazy!"
Case in point: Reading to dogs. I heard about this idea about a year or two ago and saw a program in a public library this summer. Who would have thought that having reluctant readers read to dogs would actually inspire them to WANT to read more?
I mean, I've seen the results and I can assure you that it works. And in hind sight I can even speculate as to why it is so effective (it gives purpose to the reading without fear of embarrassment) , but I have to admit that if someone asked me if I thought the idea might work I'm afraid I would have to liken it to reading to a cricket or reading to a brick wall.
Why does reading to a dog work so well?
Who cares, really? It works for some crazy reason and to me, that's about all that matters.