The Crazy Professor Reading Game: “Tell Me What I Just Said”

Early Reading (Credit: Google images)

The kids rubbed their hands together and said, “Oh sweet mama, I love the crazy professor reading game.”

What did they say? “Oh sweet mama…””

(interrupting) What’s this all about?

It’s about reading comprehension. Some guy in California found a way to make it fun. There are 4 steps:

The steps are:

1. Ask sts to read the text aloud to themselves (dramatically).
2. Sts read again using their hands to represent what they are reading.
3. Pairs ask questions to each other about the text.
4. One st is the Crazy Professor and the other is the Eager Student. The teacher really wants to teach (summarize the text) and the student really wants to learn.


Crazy Professor: In the story there is a girl who goes to visit…
Eager Student: Tell me more. I want more.
Crazy Professor: her grandmother. She notices some changes…
Eager Student: Yeah. Yeah.
Crazy Professor: in the way grandmother looks. Tell me what I said.
Eager Student: You said….

Reading? Fun? Since when did reading become fun? Sounds like a magic trick in a traveling circus.

Everyone knows reading is boring. Reading is what teachers do when they want to induce their students into a coma…

Let’s watch the video and see if there is anything to this story. Reading is fun. Bah, humbug!

(Enjoy the video)

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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