for Discussion Postings.
READING STRAND: READING COMPREHENSION (continuation from
How many of your students are unaware that
they have a comprehension problem? Do they
have difficulty understanding math story problems, reading charts and
graphs, or following written instructions?
... Sometimes discussion reveals their
(the students) misunderstandings about a text or their lack
of background knowledge in the subject matter. You can tell they
are sometimes not aware that they aren't "getting it," or if they
are aware at some level, that they don't know what's causing the
problem. Your (the teacher) job is to figure out how to
address the underlying causes of the comprehension breakdown.
Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for
Teachers (McShane, 2005, p.73)
ABE adults' knowledge about reading, or their meta-comprehnsion,
is more like that of children who are beginning readers. They
are less aware than good readers are of strategies that can be
used to monitor comprehension, view reading as decoding as
opposed to comprehending text, and are less aware of the general
structure of paragraphs and stories. They are aware of the
influence of motivation, interest, and prior knowledge on
reading. (Gambrel & Heathington, 1981)
for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Krudenier,
... adults often can understand materials that
they cannot read. Using taped readings or reading to learners
allows them to work with more difficult, adult-interest texts
occasionally, instead of being limited to material they can read
independently, much of which may be too simple to require the more
advanced comprehension strategies. They can practice the
thinking skills ...
Applying Research in Reading Instruction for
Adults: First Steps for Teachers (McShane,
What are you doing to make your students
aware of comprehension strategies? Share some of these ideas with MT
QUESTIONS FOR THINKING/DISCUSSION:
What strategies do you use for teaching reading comprehension in the
content areas? Math? Social Studies? Science?
What materials are you using?
comments, thoughts, or questions to