FULL DAY WORKSHOP presented by YVONNE URQUHART
The main purpose or reading is comprehension so as teachers we need to use a range of teaching reading strategies to help children fully achieve this aim: Modelled, Shared, Guided and Independent. This professional workshop will cover all these with a particular emphasis on Guided Reading.
Guided Reading is a small group teaching practice that needs to be used in addition to Modelled, Shared and Independent Reading. This professional learning workshop helps teachers to examine all four of the teaching reading strategies. In particular it is to help teachers to fine-tune the practice of Guided Reading by working with children on texts that are at their instructional level, explicitly building children's comprehension skills and strategies.
This presentation is aimed at middle and upper primary teachers who may already be using a small group reading format but want to extend and deepen the children's learning in these lessons.
Overall children do not just learn to read; they need to be explicitly taught and supported through the process. However, the end point for teachers is to make themselves redundant, to have children effectively reading and comprehending independently.
Part of achieving this end point is for the children to realise that they are successful readers, using complex comprehension strategies independent of the teacher. Therefore teachers need to plan Literacy Centre activities that allow the children to independently use the comprehension skills taught in Guide Reading. These are not just busy work activities but specifically designed for the students to consolidate and practise their learning.