The article Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension, talks about how children will have better reading comprehension skill if they learn about cause and effect. The article states “Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience.” The article says that a child should know that a cause is “why” something happened and the effect is “what” happened.
The article talks about easy ways to teach cause and effect on a day to day basis.
For example: If you throw a ball, the dog will most likely chase it.
If you water the plants then they will grow.
As a future teacher, I really like the idea of teaching children cause and effect at such a young age. Last year I was observing a second grade classroom, and while they were reading a story the teacher would stop and they would predict what would happen based on the “cause” of the story. They students would guess the effect or what would happen next.
Nora Ephron writes about how reading makes her feel like she has accomplished something in the article, Reading is Everything. She says that reading is healthy and makes us smarter. Reading is relaxing and an escape.
When I was younger I had trouble learning to read, I absolutely hated reading. I didn’t learn to read novels until 6th or 7th grade. In 8th grade I discovered that I liked books such as The Notebook, Twilight, and the Series of Unfortunate Events. This is when I started to like reading on my own the whole summer I spent much of my time at the library reading new books. I suddenly loved the feeling of being lost in the story, I felt like I was their with the characters watching it as if it were a movie. I loved reading. It was an escape for me. I would read for hours. Sadly, I don’t read as much as I used to cause of work and college but every summer I try to read a few books.
Nowadays everyone reads constantly even it they don’t think they do. Whenever you are on a social media site like Twitter or Facebook you are reading everyone’s posts. When you are looking for articles you skim the them for information. I learn a lot about articles on the internet and for a while that was how I got the local news because I didn’t have cable so I would read the articles on the MBC app on my phone. We read text messages on our smartphones. Yes, We may not be reading 2oo pages of a novel per day, but we are still reading enough to keep us engaged, and learning.
How Do Humans Retain What We Learn?
How do we Retain what we Learn?
When learning new information its important to use repetition, in order to retain the information. The second key to retaining information is to make connections between the new information and the old information. Aspiring to be a teacher I know its important to understand how students will retain want they learn. When kids first learn the alphabet they sing the song to help them remember all the letters. In math we learn our multiplication tables through repetition and practice.
I remember when I was in school I had trouble learning how to read and my grant grandmother every day after school would use flash cards and sit me down and I would have to read the whole stack back to her. This repetition it what helped me become a better reader.
Reading is all about recognizing the words and applying the meaning as you read. When you read a sentence your brain automatically registers the words. Humans learn by making connections, in order to read and write you need to know the alphabet. Everything we learn builds upon previous knowledge and we are able to make the connections between the new and old information. Everyday more and more schools are incorporating technology into the classroom, schools focus on building strong learning communities based on good communication.