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Melissa Boyd
driving instruction
Sun Nov 23, 2014 20:44

I think that targeting words before reading, even with students reading on or above grade level, will put them more at ease when reading the text (especially the first read). I try to point out words and do a quick "definition or meaning check" during the picture walk. I think this helps with fluency as well as comprehension. It is also a quick intervention and no additional materials are needed. I think this study has made me more aware of how necessary this kind of teaching is. I think that sometimes, who am I kidding, most of the time, I feel rushed and important steps are missed. This study will serve as an important reminder for me to slow down, even if it takes more time, and get it right.

  • teaching - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:56
    My question is for both of you. In what ways will this intentional way of teaching impact how you move forward? I know that one of you has younger children and the other older, but how will this... more
    • Impact - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 20:49
      Stacy, For me, it was very helpful to see not just teaching sight words in isolation but connected those sight words within connected text. This is something that I plan to continue throughout my... more
      • inspiration - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 15:48
        I have been doing the word cards with my students. However, you guys have inspired me to be a bit more purposeful in making sure that the students can see the same types of patterns in their reading... more
        • sight words in context - Emily Fox, Tue Nov 25 19:51
          Sight words in context was something that stood out to me in one of the last few videos we had to watch for our other class with Dr. Ward. In the past, I had simply thought of sight words as... more
    • driving instruction - Melissa Boyd, Sun Nov 23 20:44
      • Reminder - Stacy, Mon Nov 24 07:13
        I agree. I think that it reminds me that I still have some control over dealing with the academic issues that arise in my classroom. This gives me a tool to isolate a problem and document the things... more
      • targeting words - Laura Hansen, Sun Nov 23 20:57
        I agree that teaching the targeted words seemed to help make the students more comfortable in the text especially if they know that they are going to encounter those words in the reading. I think... more
        • Target Words - Candie Hedrick, Fri Nov 28 16:50
          This is something I need to be sure I am doing with each of my groups. I can see how this would benefit students' reading fluency.
        • preteaching vocab - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 08:35
          Have you ever heard of Ex-CELL. These great ladies from California have designed a process through their studies in doctoral work about ELLs and learning to read. Most of what they developed regards... more
          • Ex-CELL - Laura Hansen, Tue Nov 25 18:57
            I think you shared something about this for another class. But other than what you shared, I am unfamiliar with this particular method of pre-teaching vocabulary. Sounds interesting.
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