Megan JonesFebruary 26, 2011Content LiteracyGoodbye Round RobinYou are asked to respond to the following questions. Feel free to use your textbook asyou reflect on the information. The point of the assignment is to know what you havelearned from this text.1. Share in your own words the authors’ explanation of reading. Why is itnecessary to understand this? The author believed that reading is language, acognitive process, and a social activity. It is important to realize that readingincorporate several different ideas to fully understand how students learn, whystudents read, and how to help them to become better readers.2. What is round robin and why is it used in many classrooms? Round robin readingas defined in the book, “ the outmoded practice of calling on students to readorally one after the other.” It is used in classrooms for is the easiest way to havestudents read, requires little effort, preparation, and was more than likely how theteachers themselves read when they were in school.3. Is oral reading important? Share the reasons discussed in the text. Oral reading isincredibly important, it is a main form of communication and helps teachers toseeif students are using the language correctly. The text listed the following twelvereasons to use oral reading: to whet students’ appetites for reading, to share or perform, to help beginning readers better understand how speaking is related tothe other language arts and to their lives, to develop listening comprehension andvocabulary, to assist students in developing numerous skills associated withreading, to promote language learning for students whose first language is notEnglish, to build confidence, to further develop comprehension, to determine thestrategies used when reading, to provide a means of sharing reading progress withself and others, to provide children with additional reading time necessary for ongoing reading growth, and to address national reading and language artsstandards. As you can see oral reading is incredibly important, it effects severalaspects of a student’s life.4. What are some of the problems associated with round robin reading? Oneproblem, that personally affected me as a student was that it was a source of embarrassment. I am a slow reader and stumbled over words often and did notlike the pressure that reading aloud put on me. Round robin also createdproblems with limiting a student’s reading development and listeningcomprehension. When listening to other students read I would sometimes getlost, fall behind, or start day dreaming. Because I was not as focused on readingwhen I was younger, I believe it is because I learned incorrect reading strategiesand habits.