"Notice & Note" Is Reading Still Reading?




When my students are struggling with staying on task and focusing, I often have them think about what questions they are asking themselves. What is that little voice in their heads saying.  Chances are, if they aren't on task, they aren't asking the right questions.

When problem solving, it is important that we ask the right questions.  One question leads to another.. then to another.. and so on. Questions are powerful!

"Notice & Note" begins with the questions that the authors began asking.  I like that they started with this format because questions are so important. Here are the questions that the authors focused on that led to the close reading strategies we will discuss later.

Question 1: Is Reading Still Reading? 
Wait.. What? haha. 
This section begins with commentary from teachers debating on the differences between reading an actual paperback book and one that is digitally delivered (kindle, ipad, computer, etc..) The authors discuss how our country recognizes that written language is essential. The focus shifts to how the deliverance of reading has definitely changed over the years.  Because of technology, reading has become more of a social act.  People are now able to read, join online book clubs, share information easily through social networks specifically designed for reading. 

But...

What is reading?? Is it just words on paper?  Symbols placed together strategically for some purpose?? Really. Think about that for a moment! I sat and pondered this thought for a while and my mind was blown a little bit. I inevitably came up with a bunch of different crazy analogies for reading.  One including an artist and his paintbrush and the words being all the colors and textures the artists used to create the masterpiece.  I don't know.. maybe I should leave this to the experts! haha :) 

I am going to quote the final paragraph in the section because I love it!  

"And yet, some things about reading have not changed, at least for now.  We still decode symbols to make sense of the text; we still must interact with the text, bringing our own experiences to the words; we still must question what was written, must infer what wasn't written, and must make connections between the text and ourselves and others and the world around us.  We must decided when we agree with the author and when we reject his ideas or her attitudes.  And we still get swept away by the words, forgetting for a moment that we are in Houston or in Marathon, and believe for a moment that we are in Narnia or Oz or on a space battleship with a boy named Ender.  That, we hope, will always remain true."  p. 15

Ahh.. isn't that beautiful?  Well, I hope you were able to ponder some things as I did when reading this question.  I am a little off schedule with my book study, but we will get there eventually. If you have yet to purchase this book, you can order it here: 

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Hope you have had a fabulous day!
Happy Teaching! 



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Beers, K., & Probst, R. (2013). Part 1 - The Questions We Pondered. In Notice & note: Strategies for close reading (pp. 16-19). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.  

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