Teaching a Whole Class

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    1: Learning to Crack the Code with a Class

    Getting students ready to read requires vocabulary and familiarity with the basic approach to reading ie reading left to right, knowing that the squiggles on a page are words and are separated by spaces and so on.  Using big books and teaching to the whole class is a great way to present this basic knowledge and introduce reading strategies.
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    2: Mastering The Code with a Class

    Your student can read books that only have one sentence on each page and are now ready for more strategies to unlock the text as well as remember information.  Thinking about the words as we read can help us unlock difficulties when we come to them.
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    3: Understanding Sentence Comprehension with a Class

    Students who read fast but can’t recall what they have read, let alone answer questions, need a different way to think and approach reading. Here we show you ‘The 3 Steps’ routine which focuses heavily on understanding what you read as you read.  This Stage 3 video, introduces the first ‘phrasal trigger’ - a sentence starter that forces the use of a comprehension strategy and is a vital start to accurate comprehension.
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    3a: Mastering Sentence Comprehension with a Class

    Moving beyond having a go with comprehension. Here students are encouraged to be more consistent and precise with some simple criteria as they use this retell strategy.
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    4: Developing Comprehension Magic with a Class

    If the magic of reading is to disappear into the world of the writer and be totally absorbed by what we read then we need to teach students how to do this. Here we introduce the use of visualisation and prior knowledge. To turn text into images in our head or connect text to knowledge or personal experiences and enrich their comprehension of the text.  These are the first two of 5 strategies that we use at this level.
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    4a: Mastering Comprehension Magic with a Class

    Mastering comprehension magic relies on some well known strategies.  Of course the skill is to use them effortlessly as you are reading if you wish to disappear into the magical world of the writer. Here we add 3 more strategies and then put them all together.
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    5a: Analysing a Story with a Class

    Teaching students to use a story web to get a quick understanding of the structure of a story and make fictional text memorable is an efficient way to be able to summarize, compare stories and begin to make quality judgements. This is the beginning of a focus on critical thinking and a clear departure from learning to read. This is reading to learn.
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    5b: Analysing Non Fiction with a Class

    Here 12 year old students are introduced to strategies to make non-fiction text memorable using “Headings and Trigger Words” and begin their journey into critical thinking.  They are made aware of a simple framework to hang information on in order to learn and remember and be able to personalize information about people, places and the world around us.
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    Assessment: How to test your students reading comprehension

    Testing the level of a beginner reader can be tricky.  We start our testing when students have decoding competency. Our Informal Prose Inventories  (IPI) include a decoding aspect but also focus on the assessment of recall and comprehension to establish a Reading Age.
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    TMTT – a part of New Zealand Education

    Teach Me To Teach, in conjunction with SharpReading, is proud to be recognised among New Zealand's educational experts. The TMTT team and SharpReading wishes to thank Education New Zealand for being included in this video.