Comprehension Corner

How Do I Use Modeling Effectively?
Comprehension Corner
What Strategies Do Good Readers Use?
What Are Fix-Up Strategies?
What Are Comprehension Constructors?
How Do I Use Modeling Effectively?
What Are Accessible Texts?
What Are Text Sets?
How Do I Make Reading More Purposeful?
How Do I Improve Group Work?
What Does Engaging Instruction Look Like?
How Do I Promote Transfer?
What Strategies Promote Comprehension?
What Are Inquiry Units?
How Do I Create Opportunities for Social Learning?
How Do I Promote Questioning?
Where Can I Learn More?
Meet the Author

Tovani promotes the use of parallel experiences through teacher modeling. She writes, “If teachers can slow down their thinking and notice what they do as expert readers of their content, they will know how to design effective strategy instruction.” Benefits of mental modeling include: increased student insight into how good readers and writers make sense of text, student recognition of options available to them as readers, and student awareness of the ongoing thinking processes that take place during reading and writing.


Opportunities to Model

         determine what is important

         recognize and repair confusion

         negotiate difficult reading situations

         stick with a text through hard or boring parts

         start new books

         remember key words in previous chapters and use them in subsequent chapters

         figure out unknown vocabulary

         research topics

         remember what you read

         understand a poem

         understand a word problem

         infer meaning

         recognize and use literary devices


For further reading, see Do I Really Have to Teach Reading, Chapter 3.

Last updated: July 9, 2008

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