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April 2018

  • How to Teach Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What is Comprehension? Comprehension is 'intentional thinking during which meaning is constructed through interactions between text and reader.' (Harris & Hodges,1995) It is personal. It is active thinking.   What comprehension strategies do good readers use? Effective readers are processing text continuously. They draw on a range of strategies and employ...

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  • How to Support Powerful Reading Responses

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    What are Reading Response Journals? Reading Response Journals are books in which students write, draw, detail, describe, explore, organize, ponder, problem solve, record and share their thinking in response to texts heard, read and viewed. During reading, the author's meaning connects or transacts with the readers. Rosenblatt refers to two...

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  • How to Help Readers Talk About Texts to Develop Comprehension

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    'Time for students to talk about their reading and writing is perhaps one of the most underused, yet easy-to-implement, elements of instruction.' Allington & Gabriel Our students must be involved in analytical interactions in the discussions about the texts being read. Interchanges between a teacher and the students that are...

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  • Teachific Tips: Unable to Find Resources?

    Posted by Phillip Callen

    Hi all, If you are having trouble finding resources, try the following: On the home page, click on Resources at the top Search by Category, or Year Level or both then click 'Go'. Then select a sub category from the horizontal menu. Scroll through the resources. Click on 'Show More'...

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  • How to Plan an Effective Reading Curriculum

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Reading Curriculum Essentials Teachers’ knowledge of all of the strategies and processes used by effective readers is crucial because these strategies and processes form the content of what every teacher needs to teach all students to do when they are reading. The processes and strategies are: The reading process Comprehension...

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  • What Will You Read to Your Students Today?

    Posted by Sharon Callen

    Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. Long after a child has learnt to read for themselves, the value of hearing stories being read aloud does not diminish. It is the single most important activity for reading success (Bredekamp, Copple & Neuman, 2000). As teachers, we couldn't agree more....

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