Back when C. was in middle school, and we were dealing with the math program, we had him memorize an all-purpose response he was to use on any and all explain-your-answer items:
“I searched for a pattern, then I used guess-and-check.”
Naturally we thought guess-and-check math was bad, but apparently the situation in English was even worse:
Ken Sheck: I spent hours today with a high school sophomore who, two years ago, struggled to read, and did not like to do it. I know this because I was his 8th grade English teacher. For the past two years, he and I have been working together to improve his reading. 2/X
Sheck goes on:
“I realized he was doing what I’d seen too many other adolescent readers do, but didn’t have a name for it: he was word guessing.”
Apart from the obvious objections to teaching kids to guess their way through a text, what I’m asking myself is: is guessing & then assuming you’re right actually guessing?
All guess and no check . . .