Guest speaker: Dr. Donna Mahar Making Textbook Reading Meaningful SER/VE Meeting 6 March 2012Roll Call:Christopher Allen- physicsTamara Miles- biology- documenterKarla Nelson- biology
What do you do if it is your first year teaching and you have a text passed down from the previous teacher that is a terrible text with significant errors- how do you develop dedication to a subject then? Well, we could make thenecessary corrections and use it or we could supplement with other sources. Yes! As Dr. Mahar said, “effective teachers go beyond the textbook and use a variety of materials”!Karla, Christopher, and I could all barely hear over the seagulls- but we could all speak!
All students should be able to read scientific articles, but where do we begin presenting this informationto them to increase their self- efficacy? Dr. Mahar suggests that we should“supplement text with outside readings as often as possible because creating questions out of curiosity motivates - “you just can’t take astudents to do more reading and makes text and think you are them think like a scientist!” giving students the . analysis skills necessary to be college ready!”
In terms of using social motivation… How do you assess what motivates them in order to use what Dr. Mahar says it is motivates them? important not to “dummy down the text” or be too critical and use real- world examples!Dr. Mahar says that effective teacherswill set up opportunities for assessingtext, or thinking of ways they chooseto utilize the information. To motivate students we should match the text to their reading levels and supply different media to link to the text. Dr. Mahar says this is particularly important for ESL learners.
It was suggested that we supplement texts with outside reading materials, but what do we do if we are in an environment orcommunity that is very restrictive of what these readings can be? We could run into some really big fights with parents about evolution for example.
Some schools have a suggested list of texts, what is a good way to deal with outside controls? Students should have anopportunity to read deeply about topics they are interested in. We could use demonstrations…