Friday, 27 July 2012

Reading matters: what is reading? Adrian Tenant

I like the methodology of the paper and the common sense of it. While reading I smiled alone in front of my computer for one good reason: students should learn those techniques not only when they read books but also when they read assignments!
Strangely, it seems that some points made in the article are followed (more or less) when students know they have to apply them in English class or even language classes but when they arrive in Science class, it appears that this part of the brain shut down completely. Science takes over reading.
It is hard for them to understand that we use words also in science book!
That is one of the mystery of teaching: how to make students use everything they learn at once and not separate subjects when they change classes. Especially reading and writing that can be use in all classes...