Monday, October 5, 2009

Michelle Ezrachie

This video clip was very enjoyable to watch. It mainly concentrated on scaffolding reading. I think he did a great job explaining the information. He first started with clearing up what model reading is and breaking down the method to teach guided reading. Not only was he able to relate it to teachers in the classroom, but also targeted parents at home. In addition he explained the purpose of shared reading.
The man in the video clip explained guided reading to be useful in groups of four to six. He later went on to include that while reading, as a teacher it is important to not only concentrate on the punctuation but also pay attention to who the main character is. While reading the story, students should answer questions that help the story come alive. He explains the importance of wanting the students to start to think before reading the story. Teachers also allow the students to read, while the teacher corrects the student when appropriate. As the video continued, they showed a demonstration of guided reading.
The man worked with a boy and guided him through the reading. Starting with the title, he was able to ask questions like what do you think this story is about? Who do you think the main character is? Do you think this will be a happy or sad ending? Will the bears find the honey? These questions helped assess the child’s understanding. In addition they helped the student understand the story better as opposed to if the boy were to read the story by himself. It helped to shape the setting, and promote interest. By posing these questions I feel the child was both encouraged and excited to read.
Overall, I felt this video clip primarily reiterated what was discussed in our readings. An example used was questioning to keep the student’s attention. On the other hand, the video clip was also atypical. It was not in a structured classroom, worked individually with a child, and contradicted the idea that the teacher should not be the reader. Unlike the video clip, the reading included note taking and numerous examples to receive responses from children during guided reading. The reading concentrated and recommended three dimensional responses. I thought this idea was interesting. I feel the idea of “book in a bag” will be a very fun activity for students to participate in as well as learn.

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