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Conferring Tip #3: Ask a simple question to check comprehension

“What did you just learn on this page?” for nonfiction and “What happened in the story on this page?” for narrative texts. I start with one of these two questions If I’ve leaned in to listen to a transitional stage reader and they do not have any word solving issues (and their fluency is adequate). …Read more

Conferring Tip #2: Assess Fluency

Truth #1 – When a student is reading nonfiction, their rate may slow down when they are making sense of harder parts and speed up when they are making sense of easier parts. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! It means they are attempting to monitor for meaning making!!!! Truth #2 – A student may never read as …Read more

Beware of how students mask comprehension struggles ;)

When I lean in for a reading conference with a student (who is reading an informational source), I always start by asking her to tell me a little bit about what she is learning from the source. I say, “Tell me what you learned in this section” or, in the case of narrative nonfiction, “What …Read more