Monday, November 26, 2007

Reading and the Brain

I teach high school English (okay, wait. I teach students. I teach people).

More and more, I feel I am a literacy teacher instead of an English teacher. With the new definition of literacy, that means teaching kids not just about specific writers or works, but more now to read critically, how to think critically, how to view critically, how to make judgments, etc.

The task is huge. Scarily huge.

If the child can't read well . . . double the scary hugeness.

Tonight, I read through two articles on brain-based education, one of which focused extensively on how reading and the brain are related (with discussion of syntax, semantics, phonemes, etc.). Throughout the week, I'll be sharing information from that article here.