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 comment:

  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!