Hey guys! So I am a day late and a dollar short with posting. I’ve been at the beach with my family. We had a great time and I promised myself no school work, just family time and it was awesome. Here is a beach pic!
In this section of the book, I was truly into it because I feel like I as a primary grade teacher that I spend a ton of time teaching and re-teaching strategies while in small group, whole group and during individual conferences. So while reading this chapter, it gave me a sense of agreement in teaching the strategies. It also gave me a number of strategies to enhance the teaching of reading. I love learning new strategies and things to implement in small group work. So I was super pumped!
My Top 3 strategies:
Goal 3.5: Be a Coach to Your Partner
I love this strategy because in this strategy it allows students to coach and remind their partners about the reading strategies to use while reading. This is great especially if you use the Daily 5, “Read to Someone” station. It allows the partner to know exactly what to say and the reader to have support (like a teacher) while reading.
Goal 3:10: Juggle All Three Balls
This goal is one that kiddos struggle with especially when they are first learning how to read. Reading can be challenging and it’s a lot to think about while you read. They have to think about what makes sense, think about how a book sounds and think about what looks right. It’s a lot to take in and do at one time. In my opinion, this strategy would be great to use in small group or individual conferences to get the biggest bang for your buck.
This strategy is a great strategy for decoding words. The students should already be immersed in a word study program that is used with fidelity. By using a word study program, the students will be able to effectively slide their fingers to group letters together to sound out blends, diphthongs and vowel patterns. Using this tool to model during whole group and small group will aide students in the decoding process in order to gain meaning from the text.
All the strategies in this section are all really helpful when teaching reading to not only younger grades, but older kiddos who also struggle with decoding words and reading for meaning. This is a win!