Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Teaching to the Match

          Chapters 3 and 4 of Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines speak to many of the themes we've been working with this semester.  Buehl refers to the importance of informal education as a determining factor in a student's capacity to understand academic texts and experiences.  I think that Braund and Reiss would agree with the value of grounding abstract formal knowledge and reading with life experiences,  effectively guiding the knowledge students gain outside the classroom and lending formal learning more context and intrinsic value to the student's lives, instead of separating the realms of home and academia.  
            In Buehl's discussion of application, I really enjoyed his attention to specific strategies throughout chapter 4.  While some of them seem more applicable to my practice than others, it was nice to read through all the options and pick and choose elements that could easily fit into the biology curriculum and support foundational knowledge.  I also enjoyed the incorporation of reading complex texts into the modeling cycle so I could see how I could achieve the inquiry and discovery approach Im hoping to use and simultaneously support my student's foundational knowledge and literacy.  

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