Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yes, but what does that mean?

Readers Theater for Building Fluency: Strategies and Scripts for Making the Most of This Highly Effective, Motivating, and Research-Based Approach to Oral Reading (Teaching Strategies, Grades 3-6)
(This book has nothing to do with this post.)
This post is mainly for the faithful who come every week
looking for new ideas.
Also for those of you who live in Florida.
Also for anyone with a child struggling to read.
Maybe it's for more of you than I thought, but
it's a bit abstract for this blog.
Some time ago, a wonderful advocate told me
about the Florida Center for Reading Research.
There's a lot there, but I'll just put in the heading
and link to a useful section today:

Frequently Asked Questions About Reading Instruction

  1. What is systematic instruction?
  2. What is direct instruction?
  3. Aren’t scripted lessons for inexperienced or uncreative teachers?
  4. Why is it important to have a 90 minute reading block?
  5. May students go to another class for intervention during the 90 minute block?
  6. How do we prioritize what to teach when the Core Reading Program offers so much?
  7. What is the best use of an extra adult in the room during the 90 minute block?
  8. During the 90 minute reading block, should I follow the sequence of student materials in the Core Reading Program or choose stories as they seem appropriate for our thematic units?
  9. Is writing permitted and what type of writing activities can be included during the 90 minute block?
  10. What do you mean by flexible small group instruction?
  11. How can I keep teaching my small group when the students in centers complete their activity early and start misbehaving?
  12. What is a good way to build vocabulary skills?
  13. What can I do to help my students read more fluently?
  14. What is the difference between Core, Supplemental, and Intervention instruction?
  15. What materials should I use for targeted instruction for my struggling students?
  16. What exactly is meant by immediate intensive intervention (iii), or ‘triple i’?
  17. What can we use for intervention when third grade students are not successful with the Comprehensive Core Reading Program?

For the answers to these questions, use the link below.
While this material is specific to Florida's approach, the vocabulary
is useful in any discussion of reading instruction.

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