Presentation on theme: "Reciprocal Teaching: Session 2. Aims of Session Opportunities to share experiences of RT so far – identify benefits & problems What are metacognitive."— Presentation transcript:
Aims of Session Opportunities to share experiences of RT so far – identify benefits & problems What are metacognitive skills? Why are they important? What are the links between these skills and reading comprehension? Provide a brief introduction to other approaches to promoting comprehension
Workshop 1: Time for Reflection How has it gone so far? - How have you implemented the approach? - How have the pupils reacted / engaged? - What have they done well? - Which aspects have they found difficult? - What practical issues or concerns have you encountered?
Effective Learning: Three Fundamentals Adey, Robertson & Venville, (2002) identify three fundamental elements for effective cognitive development / learning. 1.Opportunities for socially mediated learning 2.Cognitive challenge (i.e. opportunities to answer questions / solve problems which do not have a simple factual answer and requires thought to resolve) 3.Metacognitive challenge (i.e. opportunities to reflect on their own thinking processes)
Socially Mediated Learning The Theory Behind RT: Remember Vygotsky? Vygotsky argued that; -Learning is socially constructed / language is of central importance -Children have a zone of proximal development (ZPD) – this is the gap between what children know and what they are capable of learning -Adults (or peers) acting as models can scaffold children in their attempts to learn / master new skills and bridge the ZPD
Cognitive Challenge What is Cognition? Cognition is connected with thinking or conscious mental processes Sensory Processes / Perception Memory Thinking Language Planning, evaluating, reasoning, justifying, categorising, clarifying, judging, remembering, recalling, analysing, synthesising, predicting, summarising, reflecting, processing, problem-solving, perceiving, monitoring, comprehending, conceptualising.
RT and Cognitive Challenge Pupils are encouraged to utilise / develop a wide range of cognitive skills The nature of the dialogue used in RT encourages learners to develop a deeper understanding of the text – an understanding that goes beyond the literal / factual.
Metacognition What is metacognition? THINKING ABOUT THINKING Or The ability to reflect consciously on ones cognition and cognitive ability Or The ability to plan & monitor thought processes
Metacognition & Reading Proficient use of metacognitive strategies in reading enables children to: Evaluate purposes for reading Evaluate appropriate strategies Formulate plans for reading and for selecting appropriate strategies Monitor comprehension Monitor what they do & dont do well Self-regulate learning
Think the purpose of reading is to learn all the words or read all the words correctly They lack an awareness of what their relative strengths and weaknesses are They plan poorly and fail to take different variables into account (e.g. allow less time for difficult texts / approach all reading tasks in the same way) Less likely to re-read if they encounter comprehension problems They are unaware of the strategies that able readers use. When given strategies – they find it difficult to evaluate which strategy might be useful They get confused about the vocabulary of reading (i.e. knowledge about language) What do readers with poor metacognitive skills look like?
Workshop 2 The findings of a recent RT study suggests that pupils Standard Scores in Comprehension, as measured by the NARA-II rose by 9 points. However, their metacognitive awareness did not improve to any great extent. The key question is - does this matter?
More Approaches to Promoting Reading Comprehension
Other Approaches to Promote Reading Comprehension Book detectives Prepared Reading Silent Sustained Reading / Rapid Retrieval of Information Paired Reading Paired Thinking Using audio tapes to support less able readers
Prepared Reading When children are given a passage, give them a purpose for reading through giving them a focused task. These tasks form the basis of discussion for next day. find 10 interesting or unusual words find your favourite paragraph think of 10 adjectives to describe your character think of 5 words which might describe how the character is feeling & explain think of some hobbies for your character – say why he would like them Workshop: In pairs / small groups: Can you come up with others?
Sustained Silent Reading / Rapid Retrieval of Information Pupils read passage independently. Teacher gives a series of questions (find the part of the story which…….) Children highlight this in some way (e.g. a number) as quickly as possible.
Paired Reading Use an able reader who is comfortable with the RT format Use paired reading format. e.g. - divide text into 2-3 sections - follow paired reading procedure - at the end of each section – follow RT dialogue
Using Audio Materials Ask able pupils to record a passage on to a tape Pupils read passage along with recording Use RT format Overcomes decoding / fluency issues
Book Detectives Context: Whole class / small group lesson. Pupils reading or being read to. Each pupil in the group / class is assigned a particular role: Summariser Question master Passage master Illuminator Word finder Illustrator Mind mapper Link maker
Book Detectives: Roles Summariser: Outlines key parts of the story Question master: Formulates questions for the group Passage master: Finds the most interesting paragraph in a story Illuminator: Highlights aspects of the text associated with emotions and feelings Word finder: Finds interesting, unusual, unknown words Illustrator: Provides a picture Mind mapper: Draws a mind map of all the important elements of the story Link maker: Connects elements of the book to wider experience (e.g. an event, a person, a film, another book)