- Students need to read text every day that is at their instructional or independent level and that is of interest to them. Of course, what is "instructional" or "independent" can be determined in many different ways from formal testing or teacher observations through conferring with students.
- Students need many opportunities to use academic vocabulary so that they feel comfortable enough to use it independently.
- When students formulate and then respond to their own questions, they learn more.
- Facts are important in content learning but knowing just facts is not enough. Students must have multiple opportunities to apply what they know using critical thinking strategies, as well.
- Teachers need to teach non fiction structures that will allow students to enhance their comprehension and increase their facility with content area vocabulary.
In her introduction to this chapter, Jennifer Serravallo, reminds us that when conversations go well, children are inspired by what they read and are motivated to keep reading. However, when conversations fall flat, then kids get bored and tune out. How do we avoid this situation and teach kids to have focused conversations about books? The answer is easy: teach kids strategies to help them develop effective conversational skills.
As in other blog posts a…