Friday, October 8, 2010

Reading and Learning Strategies

 Reading and Learning Strategies

I encourage students to read like Barbary pirates; looking for treasure in every
passage, adventure in every chapter, and Spanish doubloons in every vocabulary
word. Students must attack and pillage as they read, leaving nothing behind, taking
no prisoners. Dead questions tell no tales! Hold fast! Keeping the ship sailing in the
typhoon (the first few weeks of school), means each crew member must be
knowing the ropes, mate, to survive the storm. Pirate captains must inspire, point
the canons at their own hull, sinking the ship to put a fire in the bellies of their
reading buccaneers. Creating desire and passion comes from the captains’
example, but students must hunt for the deeper meaning of the literary journey
by attacking and attacking. Students discover that treasure found with great
effort is more precious than swag easily given over. Students who parley or
surrender when they read will be defeated and captured. Don’t let students
wait to be motivated by a book; shoot the cannons at the deck; hit them in the
head with great literature and forcethem to seek the treasure therein. Teach
students to use the questions devised by brilliant detectives like Holmes,
Watson and Drew: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? 'Why' takes
the most time to discern and the deepest understanding, but such questions
probe the highest levels of reading and writing. These qualities can easily be
explored in the greatest literature by the most enlightened authors. Teach students
to dive into every story, book, or poem with curiosity, anticipation, generosity,
and open-mindedness. Never decide in advance that a book is boring, or
student attention reading is a waste of time, or you will negate the possibility of
a wonderful and new experience. Books come in a million flavors. Students
will not like every story they read. Yet, they must be taught to be willing
to bring a curiosity and limitless desire to the actual learning. Encourage
students to let their minds actively anticipate in the wonderment, magic,
miracles, and beauty that authors create. Students 'hear,' but are they
truly 'listening.' Not listening is the most horrendous deficit most students
exhibit, and this deficit insures defeated readers. Students must learn how
to defeat this jabberwocky (unyielding intimidating dragon; Alice
in Wonderland) very quickly and learn self-monitoring. When
drifts, strays or fades, they must read and reread passages to gain meaning.
Reading thoroughly and rereading for enhanced, deeper understanding trains
the mind's focus. Students must read actively. This can't be stressed strongly
enough. If you skate through a museum you won't see the art. Creating active
listeners takes repeated practice through dictation and recitation. The fastest
and easiest way to teach active listening is to turn on a popular song and ask
the class to write down the lyrics to the song.

Creating Passion “Ganas” Reading Stratagies "Focus"

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