262. How do you help high school students with so much reading to comprehend in a short time in order to graduate?
Indeed, ALL high school students have so much to read and so very little time in which to comprehend everything they must read before they graduate!
I am always thankful that there is always “mañana,” that is, that if we manage to truly motivate and inspire our students, ALL our students but our high school students in particular –even with just a little amount of reading and some basic understanding—our students WILL CONTINUE TO READ AND LEARN FOR A LIFETIME!!!
All high school teachers –I believe—understand that they have to be selective: There may be –out of the many concepts and key ideas within each of the content areas—there may be just A FEW, SOME TRULY CRITICAL and ESSENTIAL concepts and ideas that students absolutely MUST comprehend.
I think we need to focus thoroughly on those for ALL students; then we can introduce and “cover” the other less essential and critical ideas and concepts.
I know that it is hard to determine which ideas and concepts are absolutely critical and essential. But only through prioritizing and selecting will we be able to give students the very solid foundation they need to fully learn ALL other key concepts and ideas throughout a lifetime.
So, do NOT despair!!! Prioritize, select, and teach thoroughly these high priority, selected ideas. Introduce and cover as many lower priority not-selected ideas as desired or needed. Motivate students to continue to learn for a lifetime. And remind them at graduation time HOW MUCH MORE they still need to learn (we do too, right?)
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