Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lets Look at Those Process Systems of Reading

I do believe that teaching literacy well requires a fine mixture of art and science.  I have just finished reading The Book Whisperer and the Passion Driven Classroom which certainly gives out heavy doses of the "Art."  I have received a bit of the "Science" on the teaching of reading after attending this years Reading Workshop at our District.

Here's a bit of the Science.

Take a moment and consider the strategies proficient readers use in the graphic below.  It can be overwhelming at first.  As adult reader we use these reading strategies effortlessly and probably without much consideration.  For many students however, that is not the case.


I will use this wheel as a way to begin to observe students reading behaviors to determine which strategies they have:
  • control
  • partial control
  • or no control at all
As the year unfolds and I design small reading groups this wheel can help facilitate and guide many of our mini-lessons and guided reading lessons.

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