Monday, March 17, 2014

Teaching Reading Strategies

In the January staff development for secondary librarians, we discussed the findings of a recent study on how college freshmen conduct research and difficulties that they have with research assignments. One of the surprising things we learned is that research is hard for college freshmen because they have trouble reading, comprehending and summarizing materials.

While elementary librarians often work with students on developing reading comprehension skills, reading instruction is not something that secondary librarians typically provide. If, however, we truly want to prepare our students for college we need to continue reading instruction even in the secondary library.

The article linked below provides a succinct description of how to teach reading strategies with links to further information on each strategy. Another plus is that the source referenced is one of the foundation texts for reading instruction in the MISD curriculum.

It will be well worth your time - especially if it's been awhile since you were in the classroom or if ELAR is not your background.

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