Reciprocal Teaching: In this Intervention students practice four different aspects of the comprehension process. 1) Summarizing, 2) Clarifying, 3) Questioning, 4) Predicting. The goal of the intervention is to guide young readers through these four jobs until they occur naturally without consciously thinking about it.
Question Answer Relationships (QARs); In this process the students look to create and understand the type of questions they may be asked on assignments or tests. The four types of questions are: 1) Right There Questions, 2) Think and Search Questions, 3) Author and You Questions, 4) On your Own Questions. The goal of this process is to help students develop questioning skills while reading. It also can help decrease test anxiety.
Meta-cognition is Key!
Realizing when you are daydreaming or not focusing while reading is extremely important. Meta-cognition is when you are "with" the text." Two great strategies that we are working with to help with this are:
Tabbed Reading: Place a post it every 4-5 pages. Once you reach a post-it, write down the main ideas or events that jumped out at you during those 4-5 pages. If you get to the post and realize you were not with the text, go back and skim or reread.
Timed Reading: Set a timer for 4-5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, write down the main ideas that happened during that time. If you get to the post and realize you were not with the text, go back and skim or reread.