This course is all about reading comprehension, an important skill for school success, learning, and testing. Originally for home school students and homeschoolers, the course is expanded for high school and college students. The course presents the concept of "sustainable arrogance" to communicate the need for confidence and questioning when reading. These aid the physical connections in the brain that are the evidence of learning and knowledge retention.
Reading, note taking, learning, organizing, and teaching are presented. These represent a proven process for comprehension. Take this course in order to improve elements of the above that may be less well developed.
Five core lessons are included with a review exercise for each. These review exercises challenge the student to apply what they have learned. The course can be completed in one sitting. We suggest that students utilize the review exercises even after completing the course. Apply them to your actual school reading assignments.
The greatest challenge we see in reading comprehension is engagement with the reading. Some students have not learned how to make the abstract words tangible. This course offers the techniques and confidence to ask questions and make the words come to life.
Organization, comprehension, and extending are elements that all must be present for reading comprehension. Confidence or sustainable arrogance allows students to ask questions and seek answers.
Many students just highlight everything. This is inefficient and often ineffective. Let's learn another way.
Anchors are a way to sequence the content for articulation and note taking.
History and Science lesson examples provide a test for anchor identification.
Concepts and constructs are compared to jelly beans and jars respectively.
Stories and constructs are the reconstructed content from reading, but now with points and connections specific to the reader.
Let's take the jelly bean and jar analogy into an organizing challenge.
This lesson discusses how content and anchors can be organized for presentation. It also discusses how tests may be created for evaluation.
Baking a cake is the context used to test competence with creating lessons.
Teaching connects prior knowledge with new knowledge. This truth is presented along with some tips related to the how.
Math is used to test your grasp of the teaching and testing lesson.
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