In a traditional primary classroom, spelling errors were looked upon as mistakes to be corrected. But to spelling expert Richard Gentry and reading researcher Gene Ouellette, the ways young students invent spelling of words provides key insights into their brain circuitry and their development as readers.
In this installment of the Teacher's Corner Podcast, we hear educator Trevor Bryan, read from his popular book, The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence. Listen in to learn more about this exciting book and how it can help you get your students talking about their thinking through discussions about art, which they can carry over into discussions about text.
It’s independent reading time. The perfect opportunity to sit down with your students, face-to-face and have a great discussion about their reading that will inform your next teaching moves. You have your notebook ready. You sit down next to the first student on your list and ask, “So what are you thinking about this book?” Shrug. “I don’t know. I like it?” Silence. Now what? Not sure? Kari Yates and Christina Nosek can help.
Below is a guest blog from Amy Stewart, author of Little Readers, Big Thinkers.
“Reading is a gift we give our students. It is a gift wrapped in compelling characters, wondrous words, and incredible information. Close reading is a way to bring those characters, words, and pieces of information to life in new, joyful ways for our students.”