Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 30, 2013 Classroom Newsletter

We had more students choose to read-aloud to their friends during our snack/read-aloud blocks last week.  We added a new routine to this activity that allows us to incorporate and work on the development of comprehension and collaboration skills.  The reader now has to pose a question to his/her classmates about details from the book when (s)he finishes reading.  We also added another task:  the listeners are encouraged to ask questions in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood. 
I'm finding that active listening is a skill for which this group of first graders needs a lot of practice.  In second grade, the students are expected to paraphase and summarize information presented orally, so I have a lot of work to do to help these children make progress (smile.)




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