The paths to "Eureka" moments: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Education

How can students engage in their reading?

How can students engage in their reading?

As a teacher, it is my job to teach reading strategies which enable students to think and become smart readers. One method I can use to accomplish this is through reading activities that emphasis techniques students can use before, during, and after reading.

For “before” reading, I like the KWL activity where students are asked to identify first what they Know about a particular subject, then what they Want to know, and then following the reading end with what they Learned. Through this activity, students will use their prior knowledge to spark interest and use scaffolding to build a new layer of knowledge. This activity relates to Standard T2: Intentionally Planned, as it is a planned exercise for students to complete before moving into new subject matter.

In terms of Mathematic State Standards, using a reading strategy like KWL addresses and enhances the category of Core Processes: Reasoning, Problem Solving, and communication. When my students are equipped with reading strategies they will be able to tackle tough word problems, work through new definitions, and dig deeper into class content.

Question to consider:

* Besides asking the students questions, what are some methods for inspiring an inquisitive mind? In other words, how can I encourage a lot of content for the “W” part of the exercise?

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Citation: Chapters 3-6 Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading,

by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman


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