As I mentioned in a previous post I are going through the assessment phase with my current class. This year for the first time I have trialled a new reading strategy. The results have been outstanding with almost every child making 2 sub levels progress in the year.
The approach is called reciprocal reading
Below is some information about it,
Students use a set of four comprehension strategies on a common text, in pairs or small groups.
Reciprocal Reading was developed in the mid-1980s by reading researchers Ann Brown and Ann-Marie Palincsar. Also called reciprocal teaching, it is a set of four strategies taught to struggling readers, primarily to develop their comprehension monitoring abilities. In pairs or small groups, participants sharing a common text take turns assuming the roles of teacher and student. After explicit instruction from a knowledgeable teacher, students engage in the following sequence:
the group discusses and clarifies remaining difficulties in understanding.
The group members then pose questions that focus on main ideas.
the group members then summarizes the content.
Why has this worked?
For me the main reason that this method has worked is that the children don’t see this as a comprehension activity.
For me the answer is the scheme is set up and based around talk.
The scheme focuses on getting the children to verbalise their ideas first and all good teachers know that if children can say it correctly then they stand a good chance of write it correctly.
Also the scheme is broken down in manageable section of text. You are not expected to read a whole chapter and answer question about that, the sections are a maximum of 400 words and the analysis of this section take a whole 1 hour lesson, so children are taught the skills of in-depth discuss and analysis.
Overall this approach has benefited us as a school and I am very thankful as it has really brought many of my reluctant readers on.
The results speak for themselves, and this is definitely a reading intervention that I intend to continue next year