Thinking Reading: What every secondary teacher needs to know about reading

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Thinking Reading: What every secondary teacher needs to know about reading

Thinking Reading: What every secondary teacher needs to know about reading

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Similarly, whenever you read a novel, you have to remember tons of information about the story's plot and subplots, the characters and their relationships, and the environment in which the story takes place.

When you speed-read you are not aiming to gain a full understanding of the arguments or topics raised in the text. It is simply a way of determining what the text is about.If the thought of reading a whole book exhausts you, try reading shorter bits of writing. This can include: Brentford: James, a journalist and Brighton fan said: “The punishment is too harsh on Everton, especially when considered with the rule breaking of other clubs which is plain for all to see. Given the charges they face, Manchester City should probably have titles stripped and relegated but I doubt they will do that.” To replicate that feeling, or to experience it for the first time, all you need to do is find the right books to read.

The We Are Luton Town Podcast said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Manchester City and Chelsea playing in the National League North and National League South if the Premier League ever get round to charging them.” Identify key words -for instance, notice when words or phrases are being repeated. Underline or circle in your notes any words that seem to be really significant. Are there particular words that seem to sum up the overall message? (For instance, 'oppression' or 'conflict' or 'solution'.) Our own perceptions of our current period of distraction therefore need to be seen in a longer perspective. Concentration is a social, learned behaviour that is more necessary in some contexts than in others. The modern appetite for bingeing on box sets and multi-episode podcasts makes it clear that we are not losing the ability to concentrate, merely directing it towards different media. We concentrate when we want to. Distraction allows for different, not simply lesser, possibilities than absorption. And reading a book from start to finish is not a moral act. That’s not to say I couldn’t sound out words or spell them — I literally worked as a writer at the time — but it was excruciatingly difficult to understand what I read. When reading academic material you will be faced with the author’s interpretation and opinion. Different authors will, naturally, have different slants. You should always examine what you are reading critically and look for limitations, omissions, inconsistencies, oversights and arguments against what you are reading.

Improves analytical skills

Be an active listener - not a sponge -try to connect what is being said to what you already know (this is where the preparation bit comes in handy!). Ask yourself, do I agree? How does it fit in with what I already knew? Am I surprised ? If not, why not? How did she get to that conclusion?

Listen for cluesto the shape or structure of the lecture to help you to organise your notes, for instance:"Today we shall be looking at…""I am going to discuss three main aspects…""Now I want to move on to…""I do want to emphasise…""To sum up…" Do you remember feeling so invested in the story or what you were learning that you would keep reading even when you needed to use the bathroom or were hungry? Both reading and thinking critically don’t mean being ‘ critical’ about some idea, argument, or piece of writing - claiming that it is somehow faulty or flawed. Trying to listen, think, readfrom slides,and write notes at the same time is not just difficult - it's plain impossible! So cut down the amount of notes you take in lectures and do more listening: This was happening to me, a lifelong bookworm, a writer, a lover of literature. I felt useless. Awful. Out of touch with the bookish person I always thought I was. It wasn’t just that I struggled to read, it’s that I struggled to enjoy it. Who could enjoy such a monumentally difficult task?Followup anything that you think really important -researchthe answers yourself, discuss it with a friend, make a list of questions to raise if you have a seminar on the topic, ask your lecturer if you're really confused and can't find the answers elsewhere. Critical reading involves presenting a reasoned argument that evaluates and analyses what you have read. Being critical, therefore - in an academic sense - means advancing your understanding, not dismissing and therefore closing off learning. Being meticulousand accurateabout recording sources anddirect quotations is an important part of academic discipline, as well as helping to avoid accidental plagiarism.This means:

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