May 24, 2008

reading and visualizing

One more thing from the article I read yesterday is that the authors mentioned how the students felt successful when they were able to read and see the pictures in their heads. This is exactly what Jeffrey Freed was writing about, and has been mentioned on the moreTPRS listserv as well.

There was an entire conversation on the listserv about how one of the problems poor readers may have is that they are not forming the pictures in their heads, how they may not even know that is what good readers do. And so, as teachers, part of our job is to model that skill.

I think that making comic strips, six-panel stories, or acting all help with this process. The students are then asked to take what is written and translate it into something visual, either pictures or actions which the rest of the class can then see.

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