Summarizing Reflection Questions
How will you use what we have learned about summarizing in the first few weeks of school this year?
Then, respond to at least 1 of these questions:
1. As you consider this information, think back on your own learning experiences from elementary school through your present learning situations and evaluate your ability to summarize and take notes. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and try to conclude what effect your ability to engage in these processes has had on your learning.
2. To what extent were you taught how to summarize and take notes? If you had no instruction, consider how explicit instruction might have influenced your learning.
3. The summary frames provided in this chapter are often new to teachers, and they react with concern with the time it might take to teach students to use these frames. Try to explain why you think it might be worth taking class time to help students become proficient at using these frames or any frames that provide students with general organizational structures.
4. This chapter describes "summarizing" as a process of deleting, substituting, and keeping information. Although these three aspects of the process are easy to understand and model, students often find it difficult to summarize effectively. Describe some reasons you think that summarizing is such a challenge for students.