Sunday, April 10, 2011

Theory into Practice - Good Readers

Diane Dahl shares the following exhibit from her blog:
I've wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies. A list just seems too boring. One thing I've learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable. So I came up with this Good Reader Boy poster? (The original poster is shown to the right.)

The (updated) poster connects like this:

  • Head: Think. Good readers monitor their own thinking while reading.
  • Eyes: Infer. Good readers look for clues to draw conclusions, make predictions, and more.
  • Nose: Importance. Good readers sniff out important details.
  • Mouth: Questions. Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading.
  • Heart: Visualize. Good readers love to make brain-movies while reading.
  • Stomach: Schema. Good readers are hungry to connect their text to things they already know.
  • Waist: Purpose. Good readers don't waste time ... they choose a purpose for reading and pick the best strategy.
  • Hands: Synthesize. Good readers can 'put it all together' to retell and summarize.
  • Knees: Monitor Comprehension. Good readers know they need to understand text, and know what to do when they don't.
  • Feet: Text Structure. Good readers firmly understand the elements of a story and use it to help them understand.

The Good Readers Poster is available in the "Museum Gift Shop"


  1. It's incredible to see how teachers from all over think alike. I had my 4th graders draw themselves in their reading journal, too. However, we then drew 3 horizontal lines to break the page into thirds for "What good readers do 'Before' reading, 'During' reading, and 'After' reading. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for this article very helpful. thanks.