Reciprocal Teaching and the Common Core State Standards...

Nov 3, 2010 by

During the past couple of weeks I have not posted any new blog entries.  What I have been doing instead is posting a series of articles on a reading comprehension technique called reciprocal teaching.  For those who may not be familiar with this technique, reciprocal teaching is a research-based instructional model that was developed in 1984 by Annemarie Palinscar and Ann L. Brown. It is a method that utilizes four comprehension strategies—predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing—to help students construct meaning from text. The focus of reciprocal teaching is on the interactive dialogue between students. It is reciprocal in nature because students in a reciprocal teaching group take turns leading the discussion and guiding the group through the four strategies. I noticed in the Oct./Nov. Reading Today newspaper that Lori Oczkus has published a new...

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Reciprocal Teaching Professional Resources...

Nov 3, 2010 by

The following professional books and websites provide additional valuable information about reciprocal teaching and practical strategies for implementing it. Professional Books: Websites: Reciprocal Teaching Questions and Answers Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Strategy Reading Rockets North Central Regional Educational Lab Reciprocal Teaching Video Demonstration Part 1  Reciprocal Teaching Video Demonstration Part 2 Lori Oczkus Models Reciprocal Teaching Share...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Reciprocal Teaching...

Oct 20, 2010 by

There is no one right way to teach reciprocal teaching or one right order in which to introduce the steps. Before students can use the four strategies simultaneously, they will need practice with each individual strategy. Teaching one strategy alone can be a good comprehension mini-lesson, but it is not reciprocal teaching.  Reciprocal teaching involves using ALL four strategies simultaneously for the purpose of constructing meaning. Reciprocal teaching was designed as an interactive discussion technique.  Refrain from the temptation of having students complete the strategies in worksheet form. Corrective feedback is crucial to the success of reciprocal teaching. Reciprocal teaching alone is not enough to constitute a comprehensive reading program.  It is just one tool. Students need exposure to other comprehension strategies. Share...

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