ALL THE LIGHTBULBS!!!
All of them.
Welcome to week 2 of the Readicide blog hop!! This week is a doozy!!
I have three takeaways from this chapter.
1. "Kids without prior knowledge are at a disadvantage, regardless of reading ability"
This quote can be found in the book - and according to kindle 310 people had highlighted it at the time that I read it. There are so many times that we assume that kids will understand what a book is about just by reading it. I mean seriously, we've read through it, checked the reading age level, figured out how many sight words the kids will need to know, and even done due diligence and written questions to ask the kids as we go.
But we don't check to see what the kids are coming to the book with. Will they understand the context of the book? Will they understand the different characters and their roles in the book? Will they understand the vocabulary in the text?
These are the things that sometimes we don't check - And yet these are the things that make it possible to make inferences.
2. "Reading consist of two factors: (1) being able to decode words on the page and (2) being able to connect the words you are reading with the prior knowledge you bring to the page."
Another quote - 340 highlights. Not that that really means anything right? WRONG! It means everything! Hmmm sorry, I'm rewatching How I met your mother, and I just want to yell out "Lawyered" after finding facts.
Right back on track - We all know that reading is a two pronged process. We learn to read, and then we read to learn. (And then eventually just for enjoyment). It comes back to that prior knowledge. The first knowledge we have to have is the knowledge about how books work - and the more experience we have with that the more easily they will pick up the reading process.
3. "People who are undernourished need good food. Readers who are undernourished need good books."
The quote goes on to talk about how we do exactly the opposite with these undernourished readers. I'm guilty of it myself! We put these students in remedial situations and limit their access to quality books, when what we SHOULD be doing is immersing them print rich environments and plying them with good quality literature. Also this involves getting our kids exposed to as many experiences as possible so that they have real life understanding about what they are reading about.
So after this chapter I'm going to work at improving the print quality in my class. I'll be pushing books at my kids and giving them as much exposure to quality literature as I can. We'll be working at improving our vocabularies by being involved in as many experiences as possible.
What else would you recommend? - Share your ideas below, and then head to Melissa's Teacher Mall to find out what she took away from this week's hop!