Last week during stamina reading, I noticed so many of my kids pretending to read. I have some great actors this year, and "fake reading" is one of their specialties. A few weeks ago, I attended a comprehension PD that included a lesson on Metacognition and what REAL READING looks like. I decided this would be the perfect time to show my kids what REAL reading is.
I started the lesson by bringing in a book that I was reading in my free time. I read a few appropriate paragraphs for my class. I read the whole thing straight through without any stopping. Then, I asked my class what they noticed about how I was reading. They shared things like: reading quickly, being able to read all the words, etc. I told them I had a big secret to share with them. I was FAKE reading! I was able to read all the words, and it looked like I was reading, but I was a actually thinking about Chicken McNuggets instead! They couldn't believe it! I asked them to be honest, and raise their hands if they had ever pretended to read. All their hands shot up. They admitted to thinking about recess, lunch, P.E., not actually reading at all, and only making it look like they were reading when I was looking. I couldn't believe how honest they were! I appreciated it, and it really made this lesson more meaningful. Here are some pics and a description of how the lesson worked.
Here is our anchor chart we made to show Real Reading. We started with text,
then talked about thinking. When you combine both you get REAL READING! Good readers are always thinking about text and their thinking. We titled our anchor chart Metacognition. I told them that was like a fourth grade word, and they flipped! My ELL class needed lots of practice saying it over and over, but they eventually got the hang of it. I told them to go home and ask their families if they knew what Metacognition meant. My kids were so excited to come back the next day and share that they knew a word their high school brothers and sisters didn't know!
Later on in the day, one of my cuties came up to me and said "Mrs. Conger, I wanteded (oh those darn verbs!) to apologize to you. I'm sorry I was pretending to fake read." I thought this was so cute! She is such a sweetheart. Some of kids were writing about Metacognition during free writing, and how it was such a "fancy" word. Too cute! I forgot to take pictures of their writing, but I'll post on Tuesday!