June 14, 2013

Reading is Thinking: Explaining Reading Comprehension to Families of ELLs

A school's expectations of its students varies depending on where it is located in the world.  In many countries, a good student memorizes, recites, and amasses knowledge.  Students are expected to absorb as much information as possible from the teacher.  In the United States, we tend to value critical thinking over rote responses.  Students are expected to work with the teacher to construct new learning, building on what they know from their own lives.