Petter Nordal's Reviews > The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads

The Reading Mind by Daniel T. Willingham
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review

really liked it
Read 2 times. Last read June 10, 2019 to July 28, 2019.

This is a nicely rounded, global perspective on the cognitive processes involved in reading, all of it fully based in scientific research. Like all of Willingham's writing, it is easy to follow, entertaining and useful.

As a teacher, four things stood out to me.

One: the orthographic principle in visual text translation continues to be as important as the phonetic translation throughout the life of a reader. This is great news for bilingual teachers who have cognates to teach when we are teaching children.

Two: background knowledge is a more powerful booster of reading comprehension than phonetic decoding skills. This in no way diminishes the crucial necessity of phonetic decoding skill, but it show how important it is that kids get to do a lot of different stuff. (It also shows how the Whole Language vs. Phonics circus has been able to go on for so long.)

Three: the most important factors in motivating readers are the enjoyment of reading and the emotional beliefs about reading. So we give kids lots of positive experiences, not external motivators or logical arguments.

Four: evidence regarding the effects of screen time and technology in general appear to indicate that brains are not rewired, that the internet is not destroying civilization.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Reading Mind.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

May 10, 2019 – Started Reading
June 10, 2019 – Started Reading
June 10, 2019 – Shelved
July 28, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.