Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop
Teaching Diverse Learners Put It Into Practice | Teaching Diverse Learners
In this section, you will apply what you have learned to your own teaching. The following activities are designed to assist you in developing resources for diverse learners in your classroom. Choose one or both of the activities from the list below.
Activity 1 –Modeling Main-Idea Questioning
In this activity, teachers will model and provide scaffolding as their students develop main-idea questions.
Activity 1 –Scaffolding Instruction
In this activity, you will consider and plan appropriate scaffolding for students when teaching a whole-class book or other text.
Modeling Main-Idea Questioning
Reread the article on struggling readers, Questions Teachers Ask About Struggling Readers and Writers (PDF) Then follow the procedures listed below. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment.
- Review the Instructional Sequence for modeling main-idea questioning.
- Choose one struggling reader in your classroom and an appropriate text.
- Plan a lesson based on the selected text to model main-idea questioning for the student.
- Teach the lesson modeling the concept of main-idea questioning.
- Reflect on your instruction and your student’s responses.
- Decide whether the next lesson you plan will be a modeling lesson or a coaching lesson. Give reasons for your decision.
When all students in a classroom are required to read a grade-level book, teachers must make decisions about how to support the struggling readers and how to challenge the strongest readers. The basic framework for a reading lesson involves three components: before reading, during reading, and after reading. Think about a grade-level text you teach to all of your students. What do you want to teach during each phase of the instructional framework? Complete the Lesson Plan Chart (PDF), indicating how you will scaffold student learning during each phase of the instructional framework. An example is provided. When you have finished, answer the questions below. Save your written work to submit as an assignment.
When you have completed the chart, write your answers to these questions:
- What did you learn about helping students become independent learners within a whole-class setting?
- What component of reading instruction (before, during, after) is the most challenging for you? For your students?
- Which strategy are you most likely timplement in your teaching? What are your expected outcomes in terms of student learning?
7.2 Analyze the Video | Teaching Diverse Learners
Watch the video, "Teaching Diverse Learners," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Workshop 1 Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies that foster reading and writing skills. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 2 Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the middle grades develop vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 3 Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
Workshop 4 Writing
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the middle grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 5 New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of networked technology in education. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet. Classroom examples illustrate strategies for using Internet resources in the classroom.
Workshop 6 Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jim�nez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 7 Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Workshop 8 Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Supplementary Workshop 6 - Teaching English Language Learners
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