Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Soar to Success

Part of my job as literacy coach in my middle school is to recognize and help struggling readers. We use an intervention called Literacy Groups. These are essentially small group reading strategy instruction sessions. I have four paraprofessionals who lead these small groups of three to five students. They work with the fifth and sixth grades.

The instructional strategy we use in Literacy Groups is Reciprocal Teaching. It focuses on the reading strategies of clarifying, predicting, questioning and summarizing. The hardest part of working with these struggling readers is getting them to understand that these strategies must be used by them consistently, and not just during the reading they do in group time.

I had an idea that the best way to get them to understand this might be to have them reflect more on which strategies they are using well and how it helps them to be a better reader. To increase their motivation for reflection, I videotaped them explaining how one strategy helped them in the last story we read: Truman's Aunt Farm.

You can see more videos of three different Literacy Groups on my YouTube Channel.

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