I did find that reading the story aloud at a slow pace helped me stay focused. I think this would be a good technique to incorporate when I read and take notes, either the first or second time I read a story. (I will have to try both!) I wish I had someone to read the story aloud to, but luckily my cats are pretty good listeners (usually).
I didn't find the timer technique of much use, but I may give it another try when I read my stories this week, especially since I've started my portfolio project, and thus have more of an idea what I'm looking for in each story.
|An etching from my favorite story I read, "Why the Dog and Cat are Enemies" by R. Wilhelm.|