- Thursday, August 07, 2014
- David Williams
Reciprocal teaching is not about reading the chapters in a book quickly and answering comprehension questions. It’s about developing students thinking, through conversations to enhance their understanding of a text.
After introducing the Reciprocal Teaching technique early in the year and revisiting the format at the beginning of the term, students were placed in groups, over two classes. The Year 6s are now into their second week of reciprocal teaching. Students are placed in seven groups over two classes with four sessions dedicated to reading in the week. The books are aligned to the students’ needs as well as extending their conversations within the group.
Students take turn in leading the group following the Reciprocal Teaching format. The format includes making plausible predictions about what they will read, clarifying any unknown words while they are reading, writing thoughtful questions as they are reading and summarising the passage read using the summary format.
Discussion is the most important aspect of Reciprocal Teaching. This is enhanced through the students sharing their predictions, using their prior knowledge and writing thoughtful questions. Challenging each other’s’ thinking such as ‘Why do you think that?’ adds to an in-depth conversation in the groups.
Making students become better and more thoughtful readers is a journey well worth pursuing.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Suess
Yr 6 Teacher
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
- David Williams
Marine Biology students visited Point Cook Town Centre pet store to purchase their new marine animals to house in their aquarium. Students have a role in looking after their animals- feeding, cleaning, monitoring and maintaining water quality.