Friday, September 24, 2010
Queen of Fake Reading, and no one wants to be her. In fact, everyone knows that I am talking about someone else. Surely no one can be like that, can they? Does anyone really do that? YES, a lot of students (and teachers) fake read.
Fake reading usually takes place when the inner voice volume button is on mute. In other words, the reader is not listening to his inner voice. Usually the reader just skims the page, not focusing on the ideas, or trying to relate to them. There are no connections to prior knowledge, people, problems, or places.
The inner voice is what gives words their meaning. Knowing the definition of words doesn't mean the reader understands the text. Meaning comes from the relationship between the words on the page and the reader. The inner voice controls and drives that relationship.
To better use your inner voice, and understand what you read you can:
1. Stop reading and think
2. Pause at the end of the page
3. Question what might happen next
4. Compare what the character does, to what you would do
5. Slow down
6. Compare the setting to some place you know
7. Reread if you suddenly realize you don't know what you just read
8. Make a prediction
9. Read slower
10.If some of this list sounds like it is repeated, thank your inner voice for paying attention.
Students, what advise do you have to help readers hear their inner voice?