Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Buehl Thoughts

I thought it was really interesting how Buehl described the active process of putting on a different "reading lens" in order to help oneself in interpreting a text/situation/atmosphere.  I had never really thought of that before, but I definitely do that; I read my text books not at all like reading my leisure books.  Also I had never even considered that I "read" situations differently depending on the environment or context I am in.
His discussion about pseudoreading completely blew me away because, at times, I have noticed myself doing all of those.  I have formed a habit of self checking so as to avoid the traps of this and especially surface processing, because when my focus is low I tend to start thinking about other things while I read.  Often times I will have to re-read a whole page because I was thinking about what I wanted to make for dinner!
Although I felt Buehl was a bit dramatic in describing reading texts from unfamiliar subjects, I agree that the jargon can be a bit unsettling.  I do take more time reading such texts, but if one keeps up a habit of reading about varying subjects, varying texts should not be so difficult to comprehend.

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