There is nothing more frustrating than working our way through a drab, boring reading assignment that has been unfairly burdened upon us by our teacher overlords.
We know for a fact that Mrs. Burkowitz is going to call us out on whether or not the hero of the story, Jim, did the right thing in chapter 6 when he told the white lie to Brittany to protect her from the horrible truth that her best friend, Tina, had been talking smack behind her back.
It’s even worse when it’s non-fiction. Reading about the growth of rock formations over the millennia can be as exciting as listening to Mr. Gronen go on and on about his old football career which “would have ended with me going to the NFL if it weren’t for the rest of the team blowing the lead in the final quarter of the state game!”
Our reading comprehension fails for multiple reasons:
- The writing is boring
- The story isn’t engaging
- We just aren’t interested in the text
- The text is beyond our understanding
- We just lose energy and don’t give the effort to understand
However, no one can argue that our ability to comprehend what we read in a deep and correct manner isn’t extremely important.
The good news is we can take steps if we see ourselves slipping and take an active effort to retain what we read so that when Mrs. Burkowitz throws us that tough question with that villainous smirk, we can show her who’s boss. [Read more…] about 5 Steps to Improve Reading Comprehension