Sunday, May 30, 2010

Can comprehension be taught?

Can comprehension be taught? I taught elementary school for so many years without an answer to that burning question. But now my answer is yes, I think it can. I believe it is possible to make ten year olds read critically. I think they can be shown how to think while reading. The HOW is the tough part. The HOW is what I try to do everyday. By writing this Blog I am hoping to clarify my thinking about HOW. I want to reflect on my past lessons so that I can try to decide what I did well and what I still need to improve on. What is comprehension? How do you teach it? What materials should you use? How do you assess it? What is next? All questions I am passionate about.

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