This entry goes hand in hand with her sometime writer partner Gravity Goldberg’s book MINDSET and MOVES. These are some of the best and easily implemented reading and conferencing strategies out there, including instruction immediately prior to reading and conferring time.
Remember when independent reading was called DEAR? Or SSR? Or SQUIRT? (Or maybe I am the only one with that last one? It stands for Sustained Quiet Uninterrupted Reading Time). Acronyms aside, it looked like this: Kids chose whatever they wanted, teachers sat their desks to get through the paperwork that was piling up, or, maybe, to read at their own desk while students read at theirs. Those days, independent meant really independent.
At some point, there seemed to be many who said, “Wait a minute. Can we really trust that this independent reading time is worth it? What if they aren’t really reading? What if they aren’t really understanding?” Some got rid of independent reading. Others adopted quizzes and computer-based solutions to try to address this “problem.”
Please, please, please. Enough with the multiple choice quizzes. There are other ways to check in with readers in ways…
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