Happy book study day, friends! Today we are discussing chapters 2 and 3 in our book study of Disrupting Thinking.

Here's what my notes looked like from these two chapters

I have to admit, I connected more to chapter 2 (The Responsive Reader) than chapter 3 (The Responsible Reader.) I do think it's important to be both responsive AND responsible, but it is a bit overwhelming, right? I mean, it's very hard to change some kids' thinking about how to response to the text instead of just reading to answer questions. It's a lot to think about how to get them to connect to the text and then challenge it to change their mind about something or defend their way of thinking about it. It's important, yes, but I was just more motivated by chapter 2. What about you?

This book has really got me thinking about how to teach reading. I like to think I've always put importance on connecting to the text, but I do think in the past, I've focus a bit too much on just reading and answering questions about a text. I mean, my number one goal in teaching ELA is to make every one of my students a reader, but at the end of the day, we are also responsible for teaching them how to read for information and how to cite evidence properly when writing a constructed response. Sometimes I think I skip over the responding to the text to focus more on answering a question correctly. That pains me to say, but I want to reflect on this honestly. This is something I need to work on. Yes, there's a balance, but I think we have to teach kids how to respond to the text and make connections. I loved the quote on p.28:

"If the reader isn't responsive, if she doesn't let the text awaken emotion or inspire thoughts, then she can barely be said to be reading at all." 

This made me think of when you DNF a book (did not finish.) When I'm not into a book, either because I don't understand it or because I simply don't enjoy the story, I DNF it. The text isn't connecting to me emotionally or intellectually, so I don't read it.

I think if we teach the kids how to respond to the text and how to connect to it and question it, the answering of the questions will become a second thought, which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. If they are connecting to the text, they are understanding it and should be able to answer questions about it, even though that isn't (and shouldn't be!) the main objective of reading. 

Okay, I want to hear YOUR thoughts! What stuck out to you in this chapter?

To see the other posts in the book study:

Chapter 2,3 (this post)

Chapter 4, Part I Thoughts

Part II, Chapter 5,6

Chapters 7,8,9, Thoughts on Part II

Part III, Chapters 10, 11

Chapters 12, 13

Chapters 14, 15, end of book