A Time for Reflection

ddd-bannerThere are times when I finish reading a book that I take a moment to reflect on what I have read: how would I have reacted in that situation? What would have caused the character to react in that way? How can I implement what I have learned in my own life.

Reflection is what I find I am doing as I am nearing the end of the current book I am reading: The Language of Art by Ann Pelo. I find myself thinking about how I can change my teaching practice to incorporate the ideas I have read in the book. While reading the book, I gained, as well, a glimmer of understanding of how to implement the inquiry-based learning that the Ontario Ministry of Education wants us to implement in our classrooms. I have seen, through the example that Pelo gives, that it is possible for the children to learn academic knowledge through play and from the questions they ask that stems from their natural curiosity. The example she gives starts with the curiosity of a group of children who ask “Why do leaves change colour?” By the end of the school year, they realise that the change is based on seasonal temperatures; and they have discovered the life cycle of the leaf.

For me, reflection is a part of reading: whether I am reading fiction or non-fiction. Often it happens while I am reading the text; but it also happens once I have read the last page.

Do you take time to reflect on what you have read?

Five Minute Friday(This post was written for the Dreamy December Days Read-a-thon; and inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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22 thoughts on “A Time for Reflection

  1. So often I finish a book and can’t shake it off of my heart. I feel the characters deeply and not only reflect, but their memory is so alive I feel as though I have made new friends that I have just lost. Great post!

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    1. I have felt that too with fiction novels that have told the stories of characters I have felt a connection with. It is always a sad thing when I read the last page and put away the book.

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  2. It depends on the book, but mostly, I do. There are some books that it takes me a long time to read because I spend a lot of time reflecting before continuing to read. 🙂

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    1. Now that I have been experimenting with writing, I have found that I also think on the way something was written or expressed. It certainly gives another dimension to any story that you are reading.

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    1. I am currently teaching Senior Kindergarten in French Immersion. My students cannot read French yet ( it is their first year) and respond only to books that I have read to them. I am currently teaching them reading strategies and respond to questions centred around these strategies.

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  3. When I was no longer a student nor a teacher, I must admit that I returned to my original love — mystery novels. There are some authors that I follow — each new book in the series is an exciting moment. Scanning the shelves of a brick and mortar (as they say) Barnes and Nobles for the names I know so well.
    I do reflect on these books (I have some mystery stories written more in my head than on paper), the ones that make me think, puzzle, critique (I like some of the historical mysteries, and I must admit the historian in me comes out), and savour.
    I think the inquiry way of learning is interesting. It is like writing a thesis — posing a question, researching the answer, and then presenting it. Whether you are 6, 26, 36, a postulation can take you worlds away or ground you in this one.

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    1. I enjoy a good mystery too Phylor. Especially those that have many unexpected twists and make you think hard on the nature of human beings.
      I am still getting around how to do inquiries with the 5 year olds I teach. I think if I could do it in English it would be easier but I am expected to do this in French – a language which they do not know. I am sure that once something clicks in my head, it will be a lot easier for me.

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  4. PS: I also scan the new book shelves of my library. The tag “mystery” attached to a book is a flag to find an old favourite, or a new one.
    I don’t know if I should mention it, but there were several mystery books that hadn’t been tagged (recognized the name or the title revealed the genre). Perhaps they ran out of tags?

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