Sunday, October 17, 2010
Making Movies in the Mind
When "Sam" finished the book he looked at me with a very satisfied smile. Then shared "Wow, that was a great book. That was the first time I could see a movie in my mind when I read."
I looked at him with total surprise. I had no idea that there were readers who didn't see the movies in their mind. For me this conversation was a "Touchstone Moment". Since then I have learned that many students can't make pictures in their mind as they read. This conversation with "Sam" has influenced how I teach and one of my major goals - letting kids discover the movies in their minds.
Ralph Fletcher is a terrific writer. I love his writing for the wonderful words and rhythm. His books are great for "seeing" pictures in your mind. I read "Hello, Harvest Moon" to my students. It has great illustrations and rich vocabulary. I am a big fan of Ralph Fletcher, and have learned a lot from reading the professional literature he has written.