[MOSAIC] teaching the book vs. teaching the reader

jvmazur at comcast.net jvmazur at comcast.net
Sun Sep 19 01:03:37 EDT 2010


I'm sorry to be argumentative, but I think that what you describe is an excellent example of teaching kids about a book (or piece of text). Instead of your 'fun activities,' I firmly believe that we should be teaching reading comprehension strategies to help our kids become better readers. My students love delving into text, applying reading comprehension strategies and discussing our thinking. We do not color or learn about books; we learn to be more proficient readers. Let's not teach the book, let's teach the reader. 

I have a very hard time understanding how this kind of post winds up on the Mosaic chatboard. I suggest you read Mosaic of Thought. 

Judy 






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From: "Susan Joyce" <seoigh at earthlink.net> 
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Subject: Re: [MOSAIC] Read180 suggestions for Kathleen 

Kathleen 
I also am in my second year of teaching Read 180. I teach Stage B to 6th graders. My classes include both Gen.Ed. and Students w/Disabilities. I also require my students to keep a daily reading log. I check the logs every Friday for a grade and for the most part, knowing that the logs will be checked keeps most of my students "honest". 
One of the ways I try to keep my students engaged with the program is to extend the lessons by doing some "hands-on" activities. For example in Workshop 2 which covers disasters and focuses on the skill of sequencing, we read a story "Fire on a Mountain". After we read the story and complete the workshop activities in the rBook, I have my students create a timeline of the sequence of events in the story on a foldable and draw pictures to go along with the timeline. They seemed to enjoy that. In another workshop which concerns "identity", we read a story about a girl who runs away and changes her identity. I had my students create an "I Am" poem and draw their self-portrait. So, I think if you can find a way to extend the lessons and add more creative,"hands-on" experiences, they will be more engaged. Good Luck! 
Susan Joyce 
Palm Harbor, FL 
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>>> On 9/16/10 6:58 AM, "Ambrose, Kathleen" <kambrose at hbschools.us> wrote: 
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>>> > Hello-- I am in the second year of implementing READ 180 in my school 
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>>> > Grades 7 and 8-- I am just looking to see if anyone else is 
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>>> > program.... any feedback- what works for you? what doesn't work? I am 
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>>> > Kathleen 
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