Quote Of The Day: “To learn to read is to light a fire,” -Les Miserables… The lesson I taught today was a reading lesson! Students worked on their comprehension skills by learning how to select key events and sequence a story. Comprehension strategies are much harder to teach than I anticipate! It comes so naturally to me that sometimes as a teacher, and avid reader, I forget my students need to be taught how to think about reading!
What I Am Hanging Hope On: At the start of my lesson, I gave a reassessment on sequencing skills. I did this so that I could gauge student prior knowledge. Some students perfectly understood sequencing! Others stared at their paper blankly. The end of the lesson included another sequencing assessment. What am I hanging hope on? Success! Students who had stared blankly at their papers at the start of the lesson, were filling out answers with little hesitation! Sequencing, although difficult, was learned.
How I Am Feeling: I will admit, I was slightly discouraged about students lack of participation during the lesson and blank stares when I asked “now what did we learn about last week?” However, I realize I need to have patience! Reading words on a page can be easy, but comprehension and creating analytical readers is tricky. I must remember that students are learning and learning is a process! The more students are exposed to literature and practice critical thinking skills, the better they will become.
A Wish For Tomorrow: Tomorrow I hope to see more confidence in my students! It is important they know that failure is part of the learning process. Failure is how we grow it is not something we should be afraid of. I wish my students are more outspoken in their needs and less afraid to make guesses and share their creative ideas, as they relate to reading.
Food For Thought: If I could do one thing again, I would have students interact with me as we sequenced a skill together. For example, instead of simply having the steps of how to build a PB&J for students to order, we could make a PB&J in class and create/order steps as we go! I think this hands on experience would enhance student understanding of how to sequence and determine important events in a process.