Montana RIB Update

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3/10/08

 

READING COMPREHENSION

 

As Montana adult basic and literacy educators, most of us see ourselves as literate individuals.  We can read, write, and compute to some degree, right?  We have attended many workshops that try to simulate the experience and the feelings of those who lack literacy skiills.  In reality, though, do our hearts really skip a beat when we donít see the same thing in the picture that others do?  Do we know what it feels like to be illiterate?

 

Riding the Rails of Literacy

 

Colleague 1:  You know, since we will have our luggage, it would be much easier if we just took a cab to the meeting.

Colleague 2:  Oh, yes, I totally agree, much easier and definitely less stressful.

C1:  Letís meet in the lobby early and catch the cab.  The others can take the trolley.

C2:  Iíll be there.

 

Upon meeting, the colleagues looked at one another, grinned, and promptly rolled their luggage down the steep street to catch the trolley. 

The journey is much more interesting with some risk involved.

 

C1:  You know, since we will have our luggage, it would be much easier if we just took a cab to the airport.

C2:  Oh, yes, I totally agree, much easier and definitely less stressful.

 

Upon leaving the meeting, the colleagues looked at one another, grinned, and promptly rolled their luggage down the narrow hall to catch BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

The journey is much more interesting with some risk involved.

 

C1:  Hmmm Ö have you ridden BART before?

C2:  Oh, sure!  Letís see Ė I know itís $5.35 to the airport.  Hmmm Ö this machine will not take my change.  Oh, well, Iíll just pay $6.00.

 

Upon purchasing their BART tickets, the colleagues looked at one another, smiled, and tugged their luggage through the turnstile to catch BART. 

The journey is much more interesting with some risk involved.

 

Man 1:  Excuse me, ladies, this is not BART.  That is BART!

 

C1:  Hmmm Ö have you ridden BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) before?  Maybe we should look at the map.

C2:  OK, it says ďYou are here.Ē  So if we are reading this correctly, we just catch the next train Ė no problem!

 

Upon quickly clambering onto BART, the colleagues glanced at one another, half-heartedly smiled, and with their heavy luggage in tow, plopped down onto their seats. 

The journey is much more interesting with some risk involved.

 

C1:  Hmmm Ö I donít recognize the name of the next station, do you?

C2:  Well, I donít think I saw that one on the map.  Maybe I read it backwards.  Hmmm Ö no one else has any luggage.  Wait, I see a picture of an airplane on that sign.  We must be OK.

C1:  I donít recognize the name of this station either, do you?

C2:  (Heart beginning to beat faster)  Iím sure we will recognize the next one.  Er Ö maybe someone will help us.

 

Lady 1:  You need to get off this train at the next station to catch the one to the airport.

 

Upon quickly scrambling off BART, the colleagues stared at one another, grimaced, searched for a sign with a plane, spied two other people with luggage, and quickly trotted toward them to catch the other train.

Is the journey really much more interesting with some risk involved?

 

C1:  Whew, I feel much better.  This has been an interesting journey.

C2:  Look, there is the name of a stop that I recognize from the map, and I still see a picture of a plane on the sign.  Oh, yes, this is much better.  (C2 hears the conductorís voice mumbling something about the airport, and she springs to her feet.)

 

Man 2:  Two more stops yet.

 

C1:  Iím sooo glad we started out early for the airport. .

C2:  Oh, look, I see real planes!  And everyone on this train has luggage!  This must be the airport.  But then, we still have to do something else to get to the right terminal, donít we?  And then we have to find our airline and go through security.  What a journey this has been!  Hmmm ... now that I think about it, I never have ridden on BART before, but I have ridden on MAX.  Of course, that was in Portland!  Geesh, I guess we really know now how it feels not to be able to read Ė Iím sooo glad others were there to help us out!

 

Yes, the journey is much more interesting with some risk involved,

but it is also much easier if others understand and help out.

 

Have you helped someone today?  Your colleagues are asking you to share.

 

The end of February Margaret Bowles and Norene Peterson attended the LINCS Region III Partner Meeting in San Francisco.  They learned about several resources that are available for Montana ABLE educators.  And, yes, they quickly learned that the journey is much more interesting with some risk involved. 

CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF LINCS REGION III REGIONAL RESOURCE CENTER 2008 PARTNER MEETING.

 

READING STRAND:  READING COMPREHENSION (continuation from February)

Research

... 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, 2005, p.78)  Download at  http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/applyingresearch.pdf .

 

RESOURCES

  • Worksheets:  Check out another reading comprehension strategy.

 

QUESTIONS FOR THINKING/DISCUSSION: 

    1. What strategies do you use for teaching reading comprehension in the content areas?  Math?  Social Studies?  Science?
    2. What materials are you using?

SUMMARY

Send your comments, thoughts, or questions to norenehp@bresnan.net.

 

 

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101

norenehp@bresnan.net