professornana (professornana) wrote,

A little mis-information can't be all bad (or can it?)

Sometimes I think I should not follow links when I know from the title of the piece that I will, more than likely, be either disappointed or angered. But click I do. Today, my clicking yielded one report on a study of 66 kids (ages 5 and 6) who were given passages from different types of text: realistic and fantastic. This "study" determined that kids who are religious are less likely to be able to distinguish between "fact" and "fantasy" and "fiction." I know I am using a great many quotes here. I am not attempting to be coy. The short post had little concrete information. I know how many kids but nothing more. I know nothing about the texts they ere given nor if they were asked to select one answer or had the choice to talk about how they categorized the choices. Despite the paucity of details, there was a headline asserting a conclusion. THIS is what makes me insane.

Next I clicked on an article/blog post about ways to motivate readers. There were some spot-on recommendations: modeling and choice. And then there were other items on the list that suggested teaching strategies and discussing why reading is important. It missed the mark here. Well-intentioned, yes. But, again, I hate to see things put out there that can be misleading.

I will continue clicking on the links. I will continue commenting on the flawed research. I will continue to dissect helpful hints that are not always helpful. As the new school year approaches, many of us are planning how we will begin the new year. We are lining up new books to share. We are reading professional books looking for one more thing to add to our toolkit. We are developing our own PD seeking ways to become better teachers, to reach more and more students. It is important to separate the "wheat from the chaff," so to speak (and to borrow another parable from recent readings at church) so that we can sow on fertile ground. And, of course, we are spending these last weeks of summer thinking about the year to come.
Tags: errors, ideas, questions, research
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