Teachers are the most important part of any institution or school in an educational world. They are doing a great job in many aspects, like teaching, mentoring, guiding, evaluating, care taking and many other responsibilities. Whenever there is a get together, they are constantly talking about student’s performance, writing or critical thinking skills, and their problem with reading habit is the most common issue. It is prevalent in IBDP School because students need to submit their EE, TOK and IA’s every year.
Teachers have different kind of responsibility to evaluate students work but in our school I have attended recently concluded literary event called Book Retreat for the teachers and session on ‘Developing a Deep Reading Habit’ has shown us where I stand as an individual and as a librarian? And what is my thought on reading and deep reading? Where I need to work on to become good reader.
Our CEO Lt. Gen Arjun Ray was the main speaker on the event. When he started his session on deep reading, he said that "A deep approach to reading is an approach where the reader uses higher-order cognitive skills such as the ability to analyse, synthesize, solve problems, and thinks meta-cognitively in order to negotiate meanings with the author and to construct new meaning from the text. The deep reader focuses on the author's message, on the ideas he/she is trying to convey, the line of argument, and the structure of the argument. The reader makes connections to already known concepts and principles and uses this understanding for problem solving in new contexts."
“Reading is a process of constructing meaning or composing a text, exactly like writing. The reading of any difficult text will entail drafting and revision, so is any reading worth doing essentially a process of rereading.”
Why is the deep-reading important?
First time reading is like a rough draft -- you’re just trying to get the facts straight.
Second reading with a purpose allows you the freedom of looking for other aspects of the writing.
A Strategy towards Deeper Reading: We’ll use the idea of metaphors to help students begin to think outside of a literal reading.
Too often, when we read the words on a page we do not fully integrate that new information into our existing knowledge structure, and so we fail to gain new understanding of the world around us.
By deep reading, we mean the array of sophisticated processes that propel comprehension and that include inferential and deductive reasoning, analogical skills, critical analysis, reflection, and insight. The expert reader needs milliseconds to execute these processes; the young brain needs years to develop them. Importance of teaching and learning, contribution of teacher‘s plays a major role in student critical and creative skills.
So we came to know what is the importance of reading in our life, why do we need deep reading in present scenario for each and every one’s life. What is the benefit we are going to get and other information we came to know from the session which is very important and relevant to make ourselves to become a deep reader.
Lt. Gen Ray spoke about an idea, how it generates in mind of the person, author? What is its importance in a day today life of a person? How does he react? How do we find reading in a new book? And other questions asked to audience simultaneously he only said that Great ideas come from great minds and great minds will think great ideas. This only happens when we read an interesting literature in depth.
He said Teacher is the killer of the creativity in children; they needs only who listen to them and say yes and yes to their queries and they are making them to prepare for the school examination rather than to teach them lifelong learning skills. Regarding Collection development and other segments he taught how to select the books. What kind of books we need to read? What essence we need to take from the books and other things which we select for deep reading. Hence Selection of the books on the basis of user interest and the needs of the hour.
It was overall a good session. I learned many un-practiced things in our teaching and learning profession because of irrelevant goals made by us but now he told us in such a way we cannot forget goal setting as an important aspect of our life.
Thank you very much sir for your great delivery of thoughts, definitely it helps us to become deep reader to make our career more challenging and more interesting.
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