A couple of weeks back, some teachers and I started discussing best research strategies to continue or implement in the classroom. One of the strategies that came up was Reciprocal Teaching. When I first heard of this reading strategy, it must have been back in my first year of college. I remember talking about it a lot but, I never really knew what it entailed until know. This is how I started Reciprocal Teaching Mission.
After looking back at around 60 books, (I have saved all of my teaching books from college!) I came up with a basic bookmark that I will be sharing with teachers at my school to better guide us in implementing this strategy. I have to say that after much research on it, this strategy works for all subject area, which is a big plus! One of the things that I really like about is the fact that the strategy promotes reading habits of minds that I wish all my students will do as they interact with different types of text. I have decided that this will be the first of many products that I will be doing for reciprocal teaching. I came up with the idea of a bookmark as an introduction to it. My goal is for students to first get use to what it sounds like and what it should like before encouraging them to try it on their own.
This week for reading one of our focuses will definitely be this amazing strategy. Besides that, I have other wonderful little plans with my class this week. In Florida, this time of the year for many teachers is FCAT crunch time! Oh, the sound of it just makes my little one’s crunch. Even though, I have told them repeatedly that they will be fine, it is a piece of cake. I am not sure if they are buying it or not, but I keep encouraging to believe that writing is much more than a test, it’s actually fun. So, to spice things up and add a little fun to this so called FCAt crunch time we will be doing How to Blow A Bubble writing activity from Lesson Plan SOS. This has to be one the best and exciting writing activity I have yet come across. I can’t wait to share pictures with all of you. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek preview of what is coming up.
I decided to link up with Manic Monday, of course, since this is the first thing I will be doing Monday morning. So, come on over and snag this freebie, and tell me all about it! Remember, to donate with comments.
Talking about Freebies and Linky Parties, I want to invite you to join my first link party for Word Work Wednesday. I am so excited to finally be brining the party to you! I would love to see everyone’s ideas and activities in the classroom to foster student’s independence in fluency, vocabulary or phonics. This week post will be all about spelling and those pesky rules. Come back Tuesday to grab the button!