Here are some benefits of her approach for students like Tanya:
- It tells them what sort of words are important for comprehension--the "w" questions, certain sorts of vocab words, and the number of examples to give. For young students just learning to look for these things, it fosters thinking habits needed for reading comprehension. (When they get used to thinking this way, the circling/underlining will be unnecessary and will seem gimmicky).
- If they have to circle or underline it, they will be more likely to pay attention to it.
- As a result, they are more likely to answer the exact question being asked, and not some tangentially related one (a common mistake).
- It slows them down. This in itself should reduce the number of "stupid mistakes."
- It prevents them from misreading words (i.e., reading "fovea" instead of "retina").
For the rest of you, did your teachers do anything like this, and did it help?