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“Loving to read as a strategist”. Episode 8. Contexts of reading.

Today´s subject is about the different contexts of reading.  We will explore the main circumstances in which the event of reading occurs for each of us, and how these contexts affect our attitude or willpower towards reading.

Bendita tu luz. An exercise watercolor 7 x 5 inches.
Paper Sennelier 300GSM, Painted with Holbein and Old Holland pigments. Photo source: Freepik. All these exercises are my watercolor workouts in which I draw using the grid method, I test color mixes, I make mistakes, and I learn from those errors too.

For some academics, the context is a setting or a background that affects the situation or an event. In the case of reading, our definition of the word context is a bit improved. For Eleonora Escalante Strategy, the context of your reading action (reading books) is an integrated milieu of multidimensional sub-contexts which influence or alter (for good or for bad) the action of reading strategically.
Please look at the following set of slides.

Bonus Material Schedule Adjustments. We have promised to offer Bonus material about the historical landscape of printing and reading in specific moments of our past. I decided last week that we ought to include these timeframes of knowledge to make sense of some future topics in the saga outline. So, it is commendable to at least get some basics and the most relevant aspects. I have been confronted to duplicate my work. That is why we will publish our bonus sessions under a different schedule. Please take notice of the date changes.

Bonus 1: Reading/printing during times of the Protestant Reformation. OK√
Bonus 2: Reading during the Renaissance. OK√
Bonus 3: Reading during the Enlightenment. 21-OCT-2022
Bonus 4: Newspapers commencement. 4-NOV-2022
Bonus 5: What happened during the first industrial revolution? 18-NOV-2022

Reasonable academic books matter.
Abruptly, when I changed my mind about producing these bonus material gift chapters, I also was propelled to change my content. It is a challenge for our strategic reflection house to yours. I have been oppugned by myself.  I am self-demanded to read at least between 4 to 7 books (around 400 pages on average each) written by other solid academic authors for each Bonus episode. Otherwise, my respective strategic reflections might not elevate the shallowness of what is publicly apparent on the Internet. Sometimes an incorrect piece of knowledge is well hidden in the middle of common conventional sources that we find on Google; and we, skeptically, can’t rely on them. We are always pursuing a level above that. We are elevating our content from that widespread prosaic bluster of information. My reflections take time and a lot of discovery comprehension from great academic authors.  Therefore, we have changed the schedule above, to produce a substantial BONUS material for your future reference and learning approach. Thank you for your understanding.

There are multiple contexts that affect reading.
All the contexts have been defined and explicitly explained in the slides. We invite you to read them thoroughly. Most of the slides are of my own production unless stated the opposite. There might be additional contexts that affect our reading experience, but we have chosen the most relevant twelve as follow:

  1. Brain Health and overall well-being
  2. Temporal
  3. Spatial
  4. Generational
  5. Geographical
  6. Cultural
  7. Professional (Career)
  8. Educational
  9. Social
  10. Technological
  11. Religious
  12. Economical

Each of these contexts is detailed in the slides above.  Do not miss to read the content submitted there, please.

In our next publication, we will continue with the subject “What is to read”.  In the meantime, be sure that I have enough material to read, prepare my findings, and explore my own views for the bonus-promised sections. An avid reader of ours, asked me: How many pages per day do I read? Usually between 100 to 200 pages daily, of published books from a university level, articles, scholars’ blogs, and academic papers.

Learning to read is to learn to writeIllustrative and non-commercial image.

Strategic Music Section.

Music Reading chill-outs

Today´s advice is focused on understanding the role of the reading instructor. In our last episode, we began to predict the differences between a poor and a good reader. A good reader usually has been blessed with a good reading instructor. Excellent comprehension skills don´t come by clicking a button on your Smartphone. It is an active process of “constructive meaning”, “creative thinking”, “curiosity”, “investigation mindset”, “monitoring by test-error”, “explorative joy” and “critical reasoning”. Now we will explore what is the meaning of “creative thinking”.  Creative thinking is nothing else than the ability to exercise reasoning in an imaginative, ingenious, and inventive way. This creative process begins with reasoning.

When you read from a book, your imagination flies, according to your own set-up of mental building blocks in reaction to what the author describes. These set-ups of reasoning can be deductive or inductive. Excellent reader instructors know by heart and facts, that watching too much visual content in videos, video games, short films, and movies is like losing each natural imagination. When a whole civilization turns its head to visual substitutes for reading and worships videos only, what we are losing is our brain capacity reaction of “creative thinking”. “To see in your mind, to create a mental map without watching” is neglected when you stop to read long texts or books.

Today´s music is played by two piano virtuosos of this century, a Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin; and a Polish pianist, Krystian Zimerman. The compilation has been uploaded on Youtube by “I will practice piano 30,000 hours – ImadPiano”. We invite you to learn about these 2 amazing pianists on their respective websites:

Enjoy the music that will help you to ignite “creative thinking” when you read.

See you next Tuesday 11th of October, with the ninth episode of the saga “Loving to read as a strategist: What is to read”. Thank you for reading to me. Happy weekend.

“Loving to Read as a Strategist”. Illustrative and non-commercial image. Giphy source from Nazaret Escobedo

Sources of reference are utilized today.
All the references are included in each of the slides, otherwise, it is my own cognition production.

Disclaimer: Illustrations in Watercolor are painted by Eleonora Escalante. Other types of illustrations or videos (which are not mine) are used for educational purposes ONLY. Nevertheless, most of the pictures, images, or videos shown on this blog are not mine. I do not own any of the lovely photos or images posted unless otherwise stated.

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