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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reading Without Limits Book Study, Week 2

Hi, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by to participate in this GREAT book study again today!  

I want to again point out  the schedule we are going to be following.  

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Personally, I hope to gain some new techniques to use and possibly refine some of my old techniques so that I can be more effective!

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Here are some questions to think about and to respond to in the comments section later on:

Now to get started looking at 
Chapter 1--Finding Students Reading Levels

You can see that there are 4 focus points for chapter 1 <they are found on pg 25 of the book>:  Figure out the best levels for students by using running records, do group inventories to save time, match students with their correct reading level, and increase peer support.

Page 27 and 28 refers to Vygostsky, and I have to tell you that all I could remember about him before opening this book was that he was an atheist.  I had never connected him to the Zone of Proximal Development or differentiation in the classroom.  I have to admit to a tiny bit of an increase in admiration for him now!  

1.  How would you define the "Zone of Proximal Development"?

2.  Have you ever given a running record?  What is your experience with them?  

3.  What is the difference between a self-correction and a miscue?

4.  Why are tiered questions and retellings so important?

5.  Using the table on page 34, what correlations do you see?

6.  What is a QRI-5 and how can it be used as a group inventory?

7.  What is the difference in the type of texts that are used for choice reading, guided reading, and shared reading?  Where might we put Independent reading?  <CHALLENGE:  The first person that emails me a graphic of a table explaining this visually so that I can post it next week can go to my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store and choose an item that will be emailed to him or her as a thank you!>

8.  Read page 43.  Here is that Mild, Medium, and Spicy thing again!!!  <Create an example of an Anchor Chart that could be used in the classroom in graphic form or take a picture of it and email it in for us to look at next week.  The first person to email an example in will also get to choose an item from my store!>

Chapter 2--Teaching Students to Understand What They Read

You can see that there are 4 focus points for chapter 1 <they are found on pg 25 of the book>:  the importance of read alouds and think alouds, checking for understanding, avoiding pitfalls, choosing a 'just right' text for a think aloud, strategies like 'figuring it out' and paraphrasing, teaching strategies that cultivate lifelong readers.

9.  Pg. 52:  Who is James Lee and what did he figure out?

10.  What is strategic reading and why is it important?  How does it work?  What does it look like?  <Hint:  Look for a video to leave in the comment section that shows what strategic reading looks like>

11.  What does a dependent reader look like/sound like/work like?  <In the comment section tell us about a dependent reader you had and what you did to help him/her>

12.  What is paraphrasing?  How does it work?

13.  Page 57:  What is the gradual release of responsibility?  What would it look like in your classroom?

14.  What does it mean to 'check for understanding'?

15.  What are some strategies that can be used to move passive learners into becoming direct learners? <Hint:  Choose 2 strategies and describe them in the comment never know if I might choose someone to win something.  =)>

16.  Just for fun--what is a rotten tomato???

17.  What is a good think aloud made of?  How do you choose a think aloud?  

18.  Highlight, tag, dog-ear, paper clip <or sumpin'> pages 68-78.  How can you go wrong with these pages???  These are the BEST PAGES EVER!!!


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  1. Paraphasing is saying what happened in the story. For the students to do this they have to be able to figure out what has happened text while being able to tell yourself what is happening.
    Check for understanding is asking students questions to see if they are following along with the lesson and get what you are saying.
    I have been working on my checks for understanding- not just asking questions, but having the students write it down and share with their partner is another way I am checking. I fill I need to do a better job with having these questions be planned in advance and not just at that moment.

    I thought it was interesting that M. Witter said not to do the teachable moments during your modeling time so students say on track with what you are trying to teach. I have done this a few times, but maybe the students will have a better grasp of the concept if I don't.

    1. Good for you! Thank you for posting and chit chatting with me!!! You are hereby rewarded for being all official-like and taking part in the book-study here on the blog. Go to my store and pick out a scoot game . Just email me or leave another message here and let me know which one you would like!!

      Thank you so much!

    2. Thank you Jennifer! I will get on and look! Thank you! Is your TPT store under best practice name or your name?

    3. It is under Best Practices....there should be a widget on the left side of the blog that will take you there!

  2. Sorry I am just responding to last week's chapters! Bible school has put me behind on everything. It's a good reason to be behind, though!

    What is strategic reading and why is it important? How does it work? What does it look like?
    There are so many different reading strategies. One of my favorite strategies is SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, Review). It breaks everything down, so that you can focus on steps in a strategic order. I found a website that explains each step very well. It is SQ4R Reading Method . I also found a video, but I am not sure how to embed it. I posted it on my blog at A Tender Teacher for Special Needs.

    Jennifer, do you know how to embed videos on comment posts?

    1. Tasha, I tried answering several times, but evidently Blogger didn't work with me! You can't imbed videos in a comment, but I tagged you in Week 3!


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