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Rachel Caldwell
Reading as Adults
Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:45

This topic was discussed some last module, and then I did not understand why it was so important for students to learn to read silently if reading aloud worked for them. But as we learned in the lectures and articles this week, it would be hard to have to be reliant on reading everything aloud. I had never thought about how much I read until I read through your list. Ever piece of print we typically read whether we are aware of it or not. Can you imagine having to read it all out loud?

Another thing I thought of was comprehension: do you think it is easier to comprehend and absorb texts (especially long texts) when you read aloud or silently to yourself. Ironically, I find that sometimes reading aloud helps me focus and understand better then reading silently so I am curious to know what you all think.

  • reply to brownrf - macdonaldke, Fri Jun 12 14:30
    I agree that maybe we shouldn't call this the "ultimate goal" of a child's education, but I would encourage you to read the other comments that are full of good insights. I came to this discussion... more
    • Reading as Adults - Rachel Caldwell, Sat Jun 13 12:45
      • focusing while reading - macdonaldke, Sun Jun 14 06:33
        I am with you on that one, Rachel! I definitely have caught myself drifting trying to read a lengthy passage and usually have to start reading aloud to focus. However, sometimes I find I even read... more
    • Reply to macdonaldke - K. Madison Broome, Fri Jun 12 21:31
      I really like the way you put this! As adults in society, we read things silently a lot more than most people think! Reading out loud comes first and is so important but the next step is silent... more
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