Science 101: How is reading science books different from reading other kinds of books?
Tue, Oct 23, 2018 10:35 AM
science and literary
The article mainly stated a fact that reading science books often takes longer time than other books like history stories, explained the reasons, and provided some suggestions about how to read like an expert. The author Robertson said when people read the science texts, they need to understand the specific concepts. Sometimes, a simple word can be important for people to understand the concepts. Therefore, they read relatively slowly. Also, he stated that “novices often see details but not the big picture while experts see the big picture and use the details as necessary” (Robertson, 2007, p.54). To read like an expert, he suggested that the reader should read slowly, reflecting on what they have known, and how it fits into what the reader already knows. The reader should make sure that they can connect the reading to the real-world experiences and make sure that those concepts they learned from the book can make sense.
In the future class, I would like to teach the children the strategies about how to read like an expert. Sometimes, if the students just read the science texts book, they will feel bored. Therefore, I will choose some suitable science books and put them in our classroom library allowing students to read freely. I believe that teaching them to connect the reading with what they already know is significant, which can allow them to compartmentalize the content to already know science facts to build a more complete system of scientific knowledge. In addition, I would like to insert activities which are related to concepts students read and learn to help them better understand concepts.