This morning I'm thinking about my slice through the lens of digilit which my friend Margaret sponsors over at Reflections on the Teche. This week's word is TECHNIQUE.
I spend a lot of my time reading books and writing about them. I've noticed over the years that my way of reading them differs from many other people. This doesn't surprise me because as a teacher I am witness to how others teach children about reading. The very first thing they teach is plot or what happened. The plot, in many ways for me, is secondary to why I read. I don't read to find out how she got to Alaska, I read to find out what happened in her brain along the way. Because my main focus is on personal change, it also tends to be about my personal reaction.
So I share my reading technique right here. I learned from the amazing Maria Popova of Brain Pickings that it is necessary to take notes on your reading if you are to write about it afterwards. You cannot expect your brain to remember your train of thought. I still fight this concept because I want to lie on the couch and read without note taking, but she is right I remember a lot less with the lazy technique.
I use a piece of paper with two columns drawn on it--one for SUMMARY OF KEY CONCEPT and one for MY IDEAS ABOUT THIS CONCEPT. At the end of reading, I have everything I need to write about a book. Feel free to use my form by clicking here.
Want to learn more techniques for remembering your reading?
How to remember and make use of what you read by Jeremey Duvall
The notecard system by Ryan Holliday