Reading the Reader of the Reader

Reading the Reader via digital annotations that expose the thought processes of the reader is apparently a proven method for addressing reading weaknesses. Though the benefits seem obvious and well established, it is also apparent to me that most of our urban schools are still stuck in outmoded methods of addressing reading weaknesses. Older generation teachers in urban schools have been imprinted with outmoded methods of addressing reading weakness and tend not to deviate from those methods. Newer generation teachers have not been required to learn how to augment their teaching pedagogy with technology skills such as MS Word comment feature. Furthermore, too many urban classrooms where remediation is most needed are not set up with the necessary technology to accommodate this pedagogical approach on a sustained basis. The overall result is that this powerful pedagogical technique remains a case study and not a widely practiced norm.

The author indicated the importance of the instructor’s worldview, biases, frames of reference, etc. in interpreting the annotations of the reader; hence the title, “Reading the Reader”. This is an area where that I think too little attention has been paid. Too often it is assumed that the instructor’s perspective is the norm or reference point for all evaluations. This is again attributable to the imprinting of the old industrial model for teaching, or instructor centered approach to meaning making. The author cautions …”We, as instructors, need to be aware of how easily we project our own assumptions into our interpretations. We, too, must strive for “strong” not “weak misreadings” of the students’ reading.” To this point the article title could be changed to “Reading the Reader of the Reader. I think we must generally move away from an instructor centered approach to education, accent the dialogue and scaffolding processes with students to uncover their meaning making processes, and help students refine that construction process in ways that make sense to them according to their worldview. I think this approach will deepen and widen the reading process for students.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: