Day 4 of MyReadingLab.
This online study guide supports my 'Intro to College Reading and Writing' class following the text, 'Bridging the Gap'. I am in hell.
This is day 2 of Stephanie trying to grasp the concept of supporting ideas. I teach this stuff in my Cambridge and Toefl exam courses with my non-English speaking students including how to outline a subject, write introductions, topic sentences with supporting ideas, summaries and conclusions. Now, you would think that I would be able to pass out of this particular study area!
It occured to me that either,
a. My brain is softer than I thought
b. I am not very bright
c. Maybe I think differently or,
d. All of the above
This reminds me of a story. My sister Val has a fabulous daughter named MacKenzie and long story short sent her for a short period of time to a Montessori school when she was 4 years old. At one point early in the year, Val was summoned to school for a meeting with one of MacKenzie's teachers who was concerned with a cognitive test Kenzie had taken that week.
The teacher had shown Kenz a series of three figures and asked her to put them in order.
a little girl
a little girl licking an ice cream cone
a little girl with an ice cream cone
She explained to my sister the correct order was:
Explanation: a little girl gets an ice cream cone and eats it.
Then she proceeded to show Val the order Kenzie had chosen:
Kenzie's explanation: a little girl eats an ice cream cone, when it's gone she asks for another one!
Post script: My sister did take her daughter out of that school the very next week.
Tomorrow I will attempt to cross over into the dimension of supporting ideas. (Then I intend to treat myself to some gelato.)
I guess I do think differently and now I have to train my mind to think in a different way.