Ignore the title. I just thought of Allen Iverson when thinking about how I was supposed to read an essay about reading for a writing class.
Anyone unfamiliar with what I’m referencing, here you go:
Anyway, the way Iverson feels about practice is the way I feel about reading. It sucks, it’s boring, it has no point, and it should be eliminated from all curriculum anywhere and everywhere forever.
Hopefully my sarcasm is obvious enough. Nevertheless, I usually point it out anyway. I was cursed with a mean stare and a deep voice, which is unfortunate because then people often misunderstand my lame sense of humor. But the point is, while I do love reading and of course see its value, I do struggle with it, both in terms of finding time to read and in understanding what I read. On those standardized tests in grade school, I always killed the writing part then did very poorly on the “reading comprehension” section (I put that in quotes because the phrase became something of a taboo for me in my rise to academic prosperity).
That is why (yes there’s a point to this blog post) I enjoyed the Tierney/Pearson essay on the composing model of reading, in which one composes their own interpretation (or dare I say it, comprehension) of what it is they are reading. The reason I liked it is that the model they describe is eerily similar to the common writing process (how ironic!!!). <—again, sarcasm
They make it sound so simple. The steps are clear, and ones I’ve followed many times before in writing: planning, drafting, aligning (I wasn’t sure what that meant until reading about it), revising, and monitoring. My favorite step is monitoring, in which you take time to reflect on what you’ve read or written.
This process works so well in writing, and following it can make for very effective results. I feel I cannot be a great writer until I can overcome my reading demons. And, I would love to be a better reader, just so I can enjoy reading again and not worry so much about it. So, perhaps I should try implementing this model into my reading, and maybe I will have more success in “reading comprehension.”
If only I could get a guaransheed that it’d work: