Reading is Thinking

Posted by Big Universe on May 26, 2012 4:12:37 AM

I have recently noticed that many of the things I like are created or shared by the same person ... Jennifer Jones and she has a WONDERFUL blog called "Hello Literacy!" where she shares even more great things!

Something that caught my attention recently was this poster: Reading is Thinking. (you can download it from her site which is linked above)

Here is what she says about how this poster was created:

This is the culminating poster word-smithed by 2nd and 3rd grade reading groups at the end of the 3rd quarter. I made it into a poster but they were the contributors. After spending the entire quarter teaching them the importance to "leave tracks in their thinking" (Harvey & Goudvis, 2008) they really started to pay attention to that little voice in their head that makes all the thinking chatter during oral and silent reading.

The focus on thinking here reminds me of something from Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss:

Miss Bonkers inspires her troops. Balancing a globe on one finger, she proudly declaims:

"We've taught you that the earth is round,

That red and white make pink,

And something else that matters more-

We've taught you how to think.


So do we teach our children to read? to think? to do both at the same time?

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