Strategies

Graphic Organisers

Graphic representations use linguistic and non-linguistic material to help students process material. They are useful for all students and may be especially useful for visual learners and those who find it difficult to process information that is presented in a linear format. Extensive research into the use of graphic organisers, especially those that expose text…

Questioning

Effective questioning requires teacher judgements to be made about which questions to ask, and when to ask them. But it is also about withholding the temptation to ask a battery of questions that fail to connect with what students need to explore in order to engage more deeply with text. Equally, effective questioning is about…

Reflection

Reflection takes place incidentally throughout the learning. Review sessions may also be planned at the end of a sequence of work. The purpose is to encourage students towards self-determination, to encourage responsibility for their own learning, to enable them to see the value in the learning that has taken place, to understand what makes things…

Text Selection

In order to teach reading well,thought needs to be given to the selection of texts. Consideration also needs to given to the potential that text offers.  Key questions for consideration: what does the range of texts that a student experiences across a year look like? what does it look like over the junior years and…

Think Aloud

The Think Aloud strategy is used to encourage students to voice their internal thoughts as they read.  Reading short units of text cumulatively readers consider what individual words mean and how meanings shift and are firmed up as more information is provided. Students connect reading with their prior knowledge and complex thought processes are made…