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Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop

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What Did You Learn?



Think about what you have learned about comprehension instruction from Professor Duke’s comments and the classroom examples. Write a summary of what you have learned. Use the questions below to guide your thinking. When you have finished, save your written reflection to submit as an assignment and, if you are taking this workshop for credit, include it in your Literacy Practices Portfolio.

  • Which ideas from the video struck you as most relevant to your teaching of comprehension?
  • What questions from your chart were answered after watching the video?
  • What classroom practices might you change or modify?
  • What new instructional practices will you implement in your classroom?
  • How will you use the ideas presented in this video to improve the comprehension of your struggling readers?

Final Project

If you are taking this workshop for credit, complete the next section of the Literacy Practices Portfolio.

Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio


If you are taking this workshop for credit, continue constructing your portfolio of instructional practices. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following:

  • current practices in place in your classroom
  • changes you would like to make
  • a description of one change you have implemented
  • evidence of student learning

1. Current practices

Include the Components of Comprehension Instruction Chart that you started in Session Preparation. You will complete it below.

2. Changes you would like to make

Include your written response from What Did You Learn? Then, return to the Components of Comprehension Instruction Chart. Complete column 4, noting any changes you would like to make in your instructional practices for each of the components. You may want to change or add more than one instructional practice to each component.

3. One change you have implemented

a. Make a change

Choose one instructional change that you described in What Did You Learn? to implement now. What is your thinking behind making this change? Describe the change in detail and explain how it will be implemented (e.g., an instructional practice, a lesson plan, a plan for modeling a strategy, etc.). What are the expected outcomes for student learning? Design a lesson plan and implement this change.

b. Reflect on the change

Write a brief reflection about what worked when you implemented this change and what you will change the next time you teach this lesson. (If you are taking this workshop during the summer, describe the learning goals and expected outcomes of this change.)

4. Evidence of student learning

In this section of your portfolio, you will submit evidence demonstrating student learning. Explain how students exhibited better comprehension as a result of your instruction. Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:

  • a journal entry
  • a student reflection
  • a student response to reading
  • notes from a teacher-student reading conference
  • notes from a student think-aloud
  • observational notes from a book discussion
  • a video recording of a book discussion
  • an audio recording of a discussion group
  • evidence of student engagement through an authentic activity

Series Directory

Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2006.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-815-7