Visual Imagery Creating A Better Reader

5 Ways to Create a Better Reader: If you missed previous posts about reading strategies. Please scroll down to read them. You can learn about building reading confidence, purpose for reading and Circle It to Show You Know It. A strategy I use in my classroom

Visual Imagery Can Take You Places No Chair Can!

Visual Imagery Can Take You Places No Chair Can!

Strategy 4~ Visual Imagery

Who doesn’t like a trip? New places to see. New places to go and new places to remember.  Visual imagery while reading is escaping into another world.  Good readers use imagery on their own. Many readers need help developing this skill.  As I read through a book with a group I try to supply some visual images for the text.  I show the children how they can develop images in their mind. I tell them it is like painting a picture. I do this is a whole group setting before we use the strategy in small guided reading groups. Then I challenge the children to shoulder share an image after I have read a page.  This is a great opportunity for the teacher to be very dramatic.  You can swoon, fall over and use facial expressions.  All teachers are theater majors at heart! Encourage the children to dramatize the book as well. It is a great starting pointing for Reader’s Theatre. Reading Rockets has an excellent lesson for using Visual Imagery in the classroom.  Release the drama king or queen inside you and have fun reading.

All the best,

Sarah Tharpe Winchell

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Circle It to Show You Know It! A Reading Strategy

Reading Strategy Number 3~ Circle It to Show You Know It

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3.  Circle It to Show You Know It!  it s fun practical reading strategy that I created to use with readers who need to develop confidence. It can be used with any level of reader. I find that many readers know words but do not have confidence in their ability to read the words when presented with a book or a page full of words. The photo is an example of a passage from a Magic Tree House book that I am using with a student.

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Circle It to Show You Know It Reading Strategy

I copy a page from a book I know the reader likes for educational purposes.  I ask the reader to circle each world that he can read. If you pick the just right text most of the words will be circled.  Just right texts are texts that the reader know 94% of the words. Here is a link for a card I created for children to use as a reminder of how to pick just right texts.
The children love Circle It to Show You Know It!. It is visual reminder of what they do know. I put the percentage here so you could see it. I don’t do this on the reader’s page.  For most of the children just seeing what they know is a huge revelation to them. Their faces light up. This strategy would work for adult education as well. The written page suddenly becomes less scary and more like “Hey I can do this!”  I have had children carry these around and show their families and friends.  Sometimes I think we should frame their sheet.  If you use this strategy in your classroom or home school drop and tell me how it worked for your reader.  Do you think this is an effective strategy?  I welcome your comments below! 2 more strategies are on the way.

5 Ways to Create a Better Reader

Children want to be readers! Even today with so many diversions children love the comfort and security of a good book. The reading strategies I am focusing on in this series develop reading confidence and a sense of pride both are important characteristics of confident readers. I hope you will enjoy reading these teaching strategies. Check out the video to see a reader in action!

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1. Give a Purpose for Reading

Everyone likes having a purpose for what they do. It makes sense to children and adults.  I do a variety of things to show children a purpose for reading. I love word play and riddles are a favorite of mine. I teach the children how to tell share a riddle with a listener. I teach them to pause for the listener to think about their answer,  the wait for it moment…then they give the answer! Bada Bing!! Bada Bing!!  I have created riddles for different times of the year, themes and just everyday riddles. If you search for child friendly riddles you can find a lot of suggestions.  I created a set of Thanksgiving Riddles this year for the children They cut out the riddles, placed them in a baggie and practiced reading the riddles to each other. They coached each other on how to tell riddles.  I also used the ipad to video each child telling a riddle. They had a variety of audiences. This is a video clip of one of my children that I am sharing with his parent’s permission.

You can hear me in the background. I’m the hmmm.hmmm wait for it timer.  The children really enjoy being video taped and it gives them an instant audience. If you would like to see an example of the riddles. You can download it for free at Teachers Pay Teachers. If you download it I would appreciate it if you could leave feedback. We had so much fun entertaining each other. They took their riddles home to continue their comedy act. This is a great activity to address the Common Core Standard for Speaking and Listening.

2. Rereading

This is an underutilized strategy for developing reading skills. Rereading is simply having a reader read a portion of text or a book again. A reader may reread the same piece many times. Rereading helps to build reading confidence and familiarizes  the reader with the text. Many parents do not understand the importance of this strategy and feel that the child may be memorizing the text. That is true but a good analogy for many parents is to remind them that they practiced driving in the same areas many, many times when they were learning. When you ask them way they did that? They will often say I got better at it, I was more comfortable and I felt more confident as a driver. No one questions why a basketball team practices the same plays again and again we all know it is to make the team better. It is the same with reading for a child. Familiarity creates confidence and confidence allows the reader to stretch a little further next time. You can visit this link from Scholastic for a Strategy in Action for rereading.  Rereading works especially well with poetry. This is a book from Sternhouse that I use for poetry
 Poetry Mentor Texts.  I was lucky enough to be sent the book by Sternhouse. Way cool!

These are two strategies from 5 Ways to Create a Better Reader. I will share three other strategies over the next two days. Please come back to relax and read the rest of the list.  Starting on August 1 I will have a Welcome to Teaching Resources for the Classroom contest with some great prizes. Don’t miss it. I’m pretty sure the gift card fairy slipped a Target Card under my pillow to give to a lucky winner!

Join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Have you used either of these strategies to help a child with reading? How do you think the children in your setting would react to being videotaped?

All the best,

Sarah

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What is Pinterest Good for Anyway?

Some folks are crazy pinners. Living a life through Pinterest! I think Pinterest is perfectly good for what it is sold as. There is no snake oil here. It is good for organizing. It is good for people like me who can cover three desks given the opportunity. I can organize my interests. I can clean up some clutter literally and figuratively.

I have created a board as a resource for managing ideas for educational technology. It has ideas for educators from kindergarten to advanced high school placement. It has some Teacher Time Savers. The cover page of the board opens this post. It is from edutopia.org

The board is Technology in the Classroom and I have structured the board to so it is easy to use. Might I go as far as organized. There are four categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and TTS~ Teacher Time Savers. I have recruited some fellow pinners to help me with the board. My goal is to provide a variety of resources from mp3 songs, power points, white board activities while highlighting the purposeful and authentic integration of technology in the classroom. Visit the board and see if there are any resources you can use. Let me know what you found that is helpful or some content ideas you would like to share.

We need to form a relationship with technology that makes it ordinary but the learning and thinking is extraordinary. In my classroom I truly want the children to view technology as a facilitator something that helps them along the way but they are the thinker,the learner and the doer!

Do you have any technology tools that have worked great? What do you think about the integration of technology in the classroom? How are the best ways to use technology in the classroom?

Sarah Tharpe Winchell

A New Start

Teaching Resources for the Classroom was born out of my desire to put together a site that could offer something for a wide range of teachers and a wide range of interests. My hope for this site is that it can become a collaborative site for teachers to meet up to share ideas. I already have several teachers who are ready to share ideas with you the readers.  To stay with the ever changing times I will have a portion of this site dedicated to educational technology. I want to see technology used in the classroom as authentic instruction not merely as an add on. I’m a honest person and yes there have been times when I had a child use a certain app to practice a skill out of context. Hey that’s life in the classroom. If I see the moment I try to grab it. Overall we need to teach children balance with their use of technology. Nothing depresses me more than seeing parents come to eat lunch with their child and sit at the table using their smart phone in their own little world while their child visits with the chosen friend for this special lunch. We are all better than that! I’m going to do my best to make sure I develop content for Teaching Resources for the Classroom that meets your needs and challenges your thinking.  After all they tell me that is what a good teacher does.

Sarah Tharpe Winchell     July 21, 2013