Submitted by Lynne Watson on January 25, 2015 - 6:25pm
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One thing that has been noticed is that our learners are lacking vocabulary. It does hamper learning. The section that the Authors discussed on "Word Detectives" brings to mind that learners do not know what they do not know! Helping learners to realize that there are times to skip over words and other times to understand that the word definition is important to understanding of the reading passage. Giving learners the skills and practice to make conscious decisions will help them to both develop vocabulary and understanding of what they are reading. The " read past" words can make a difference to understanding what is being read.
The ideas discussed in this book brings to mind all of the steps necessary for success. It reminds me when my nephew was learning to sit - there are many things we do without thinking about it. These steps are necessary to being able to go from lying down to sitting up. Readers are facing many of the same obstacles - many times they are not aware of what good readers are doing and what they need to do to become a good reader. Helping learners by helping them to practice these steps will work and it takes a conscious effort of both the " teacher" and the learner for success to occur!