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

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Creating a “Lightbulb” effect! How do smart readers think?

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


What Kind of Reader am I?

At this point in my academic career, certain thinking mechanisms have now become simply automatic. Reading fits this category. However, as I read “Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content Area-Reading” I found that this involuntary skill has been developed as a result of learned strategies. Several tools that I frequently use include: Visualization, Question, and Evaluation.

In the classroom, it will be my job as the teacher, to provide my students with a tool box of strategies from which they can use the most appropriate tools for their personal learning styles. To do this, I will first teach my students how to use the strategies effectively, and then post cues on my classroom walls to remind them the tools are always at their disposal. To implement the strategies in my lessons, I will assign pre-readings prior to class, and spend class time reviewing the text before jumping into math exercises and activities. My hope is that the students will in this way, be able to build on a foundation of learning in the classroom.

Discussion Questions:

1) What are some ways that these strategies can be introduced?

2) What is a good way to provide an incentive for reading prior to class?

Citation: Chapters 1-2 Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading,

by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman