I did not plan on rereading this book - didn't realize it was one I had read when I selected it. I got different things out of it this time through and was reminded of the turn and talk and inferencing lessons I had incorporated in my plans this past year that I need to revisit and get into a habit of using. My school is using a book on reading strategies that will work with a lot of McGregor's ideas and examples too - not sure that I will add "schema" and "metacognition" into the vocabulary mix - I will see how it goes. The one quote that really stands out in my mind is the African proverb at the end of the questioning chapter - "Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse." I want to make sure this is written down and in front of me this year - to help me try harder to find ways for kids to be excited about learning. I think giving them the concrete foundation of the ideas will make the learning less frustrating.
I loved the ideas in this book and can't wait to try some of them in my L.A. Collabs this coming year! Showing students concrete examples of these reading skills and concepts just makes sense!
I really enjoyed reading this book and I especially appreciate the numerous ideas that it provided. Often times we think that young students cannot learn these reading strategies but after seeing many of these concrete examples and anchor charts….I honestly think that my first graders would grasp a lot of these things earlier if I just give them the chance to do so. I really want to work hard to teach my students these different strategies from the very beginning. They will take things from my lessons and they will move forward if given the chance to do so. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book and gain new insight into comprehension. I know that this book will help to make my reading instruction that much stronger. :)
Tammy McGregor has given so many practical ideas for teaching comprehension strategies.
My personal take aways:
1. The Thinking Stem Anchor Charts
2. Developing concrete experiences for our students
3. Making it visual for our learners
Kimber TateCoordinator of English, Reading and Libraries