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This chapter guides you through the steps to launch Read To Self.
- Three Ways To Read A Book is taught in two sessions. On page 49 the sisters write "It is essential to teach what it looks and sounds like to read the pictures, read the words, and retell."
- Launching Read To Self explains the importance to chart reasons for independent reading and the importance of modeling correct and incorrect behavior.
- Practicing Read To Self--In my opinion the author sums it up by saying "At this time, we quickly and quietly take children with their book boxes, one at a time, and place them around the room at least an arm's distance way from each other." (page 53)
- Checking Back In--Go Back Over I chart, students confront any problems that have occurred.
In my classroom I begin my first lesson on day 1 and I follow the guidelines the sisters have written. My second day looks much like the first. During the first twenty days we spend our time modeling, practicing and reflecting. Then we do it all again. The author suggests using an I-chart format.
In reflecting on your students' work with these strategies, what can you celebrate at this point in the year? By the end of they year my students were able to choose books independently. However, this was heavily modeled by me, the reading coach and the media specialist.
How might you help your students continue to build stamina within these areas? I am sometimes my worst enemy. I expect children to catch on quickly to things, however, this is an area where students should be nurtured. It takes time to build stamina. I should continue to review the I charts and constantly review and model how to choose good fit books.
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