In a Reading State of Mind: Brain Research, Teacher Modeling, and Comprehension Instruction

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International Reading Association, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 152 pages
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Educators agree that teacher modeling is a key component of good instruction - but how do you model reading comprehension? What's the best way to present new information so your students can convert it to working knowledge and useable skills? This book seamlessly blends current research about the brain and learning with classroom examples to show you how instructional modeling can lead to increased engagement and literacy learning. You'll learn what happens in the brain as a person reads and how to model your own thinking effectively. You also will meet a number of middle- and secondary-grade teachers who use modeling to help their students' understand complex ideas. Chapters explore ways you can model comprehension and word solving strategies, as well as how to use text structures and text features to learn and retain information. The accompanying DVD gives you an opportunity to see teacher modeling in action in real classrooms, and the final chapter in the book serves as a professional development guide with discussion questions that correspond to segments of the DVD. Table of contents: * Chapter 1: If You Show Me How, I Can Learn to Do It: The Role of Modeling * Chapter 2: Why History, the Brain, and Teachers Support Modeling * Chapter 3: Comprehension: Building on Background, Motivation, and Knowledge to Increase Understanding * Chapter 4: Word Solving: A Critical Component of Vocabulary Learning * Chapter 5: Text Structures: Guidance for Readers that Facilitates Memory * Chapter 6: Text Features: Visual and Linguistics Guidepost * Chapter 7: Through Others, We Become Ourselves: Learning With Our Colleagues * Appendix A: Modeling Using Wolf Rider by Avi * Appendix B: Think-Aloud Record of Narrative or Informational Text * Appendix C: Glossary of Neurosciences Terminology * References * Index.

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