Monday, June 10, 2013

Thinking About Thinking

So many times I think, "How did she know that?" Or, "I never learned about that in college."

Right now I'm referring to reading comprehension.

This year my buddies and I had several conversations about read-alouds, comprehension and good teaching. Mrs. Roux was super pumped about this book.

I bought it on Memorial Day and read chapter 1 this morning. 

Can you say, "a bit overwhelmed?" I took notes, wrote down questions that I hope will be answered, and sighed a lot.

When I went to college I had NO IDEA that teaching was this thought-provoking. Or this scary. My job is to teach these kids. Not just sounds and sight words, but how to comprehend a text. Heck, I'm not sure how I even comprehend a text. It just happens (or it doesn't and I put the text away). 

So, I'm thinking I better get on to the next chapters. Get some information, ideas, and learn what I need to know.

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  1. You are right! It is scary! Now the CC says that we will teach these kids how to think, not just whatever they are supposed to know out of the text!

  2. A lot of my kids think, they just don't think about their learning. when I was in school, I don't think I learned some of the things I am teaching my students until I was in 3rd or 4th grade. Sometimes as I'm throwing it out there for them, I see a lot of blank looks, like, "What in the world is she talking about?" Right now, I'm still too tired from school to even think about reading a book that requires a lot of concentration! Good Luck!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. WOW I find this very interesting. I can hardly wait to hear more about the book and more about your thoughts. My school has always been BIG on comprehension...I agree with Kelly tho the things we are having kids learn today are things my own kids didn't touch on until 3rd grade and up...makes you wonder when kids get to be kids any more. I might have to order this book!
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe


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