I wish had read this chapter back when I taught the upper grades...sigh. Isn't it hard to look back and think about all the things you could have done to help if only you'd had the time to read more, learn more, teach more. I think all teachers feel like this at some point. It's what makes us good teachers, that desire to be better.
Chapter 7 Note Sheet
My AHA Moments-
Lori writes about teaching students how to read in the primary grades and teaching students to read to learn in the upper grades and this is how I have always thought of it. Now that I am looking back on my years as a Grade 7/8 teacher and am teaching primary I totally agree that all students still need to be taught how to read.
I also like how Lori mentioned several times (in both this chapter and the previous one) that guided reading can be done in the form of literature circles or independent reading. That really gives teacher sin the upper grades a lot of flexibility as to how they want to structure their program. On page 117, Lori talks about how everyone is a struggling reader at some point in their lives, depending on the material they are reading. I loved this because it is a point I often discussed with my students in the upper grades. There are texts that they could read fluently....text messages written in their "code" that I would have no idea what they were trying to say! They always liked that.
Once again I think Lori has provided a lot of food for thought with this chapter and I am really hoping that some UPPER GRADE TEACHERS chime in on the discussion. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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