Creative Teaching & Learning

‘Tuning in’ to the Inner Process of Reading

Vocabulary, word recognition and reading fluency are important skills for reading, but they don’t cover the whole picture. Jeffrey Pflaum shares ideas for helping students understand the process of reading silently and visualising what they read.

I don’t think you can underestimate the complexity of the reading process. And I’m not just talking about sounding out words, word recognition, vocabulary, content area knowledge and fluency. The silent reading process compels readers to be totally focused. From first seeing the words in a book through to understanding it until its conclusion, they have to make sense out of it all. Reading is a multi-wired pathway with criss-crosses and interconnected tracks that need to be functioning and clear of ‘inner noise’ and the many distractions of the mind. 

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