I’m passionate about finding ways to simplify comprehension instruction and learning. I’m concerned that we are defining comprehension too narrowly as an accumulation of five or six meta-cognitive strategies when cultivating comprehension involves so much more than that. We need to help children acquire accurate fluent reading skills and strategies; build background knowledge; develop their oral language and vocabulary; make reading-writing connections, and acquire a repertoire of meta-cognitive strategies to use as and if needed.
So I invite you to join me in blogging about this ever-so-important topic. I look forward to hearing your ideas, teaching strategies, book recommendations, classroom stories, etc., basically anything that will inspire a healthy conversation among colleagues.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Here are some of your suggestions:
• Do a better job of sharing at the end of the reading workshop
• Have children report out more about their thinking
• Provide more strategic help
• Let students struggle a bit more and then celebrate their struggles
• Improve my questioning strategies (techniques)
• Allow more wait time
• Encourage children to pose their own "wonder" questions before reading informational texts
• Make writing conferences more meaningful by focusing on one and only one facet of writing, and
then allow the writer to be more in control of the writing process
• Select shorter books to read aloud so that there will be time to discuss the ideas and information
• Build in abundant opportunities for children to respond in writing to what's been read
• Encourage kids to sketch what they've learned
Thanks and I'll continue to add to this list as suggestions are submitted in the comments box.