My Reflection On Pedagogy Classes Essay

1128 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
My pedagogy classes thus have provided several different learning experiences. My most recent learning experience was a close reading assignment that was to be completed in field. However, before I completed this assignment in my field placement, I engaged in one myself in my pedagogy classroom. It was at this point that I was able to see first-hand what a close reading actually is. The purpose of a close reading is to allow the student to “develop a deep understanding of what the author is saying and for students to figure out what is confusing and how to gain understanding (Mercado, 2015, ppt 8).” Before my professor showed me this and discussed this in class, I would’ve assumed a close reading was similar to that of a shared reading. Mercado (2015) stated that a close reading “requires the reader to look for clues in the text about characters and the author’s purpose for writing (ppt.8).” The appropriate reading material in order for a student to do this should either be literary or informational texts (Mercado, 2015, ppt 8). The text is one of the important components of a close reading because it must “be short, worthy, and complex due structure, use of language conventions, levels of meaning, and knowledge demand (Mercado, 2015, ppt 9).” It’s important to pick a text that is a little complex for the students but also not too difficult that it’s above the students’ ability to understand.
While engaging in a close reading myself I was able to learn the process of a…

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