Friday, September 11, 2009

What the Classroom

Reciprocal Teaching

is a research based method of teaching that is predicated on four strategies that good readers use:

  • Predict - students link text to their prior knowledge
  • Question - students make literal and inferential queries
  • Clarify - students do word attack or visualize to deepen meaning
  • Summarize - students share the most salient aspects of text

These strategies are intended to be used interchangeably in a teacher led cooperative group. Using this method 2-3 times per week, over a span of three to six months can yield one or two years comprehension growth.

If you want to learn more check out Lori Oczkus. I met Lori at a conference and she was amazing. She had so many ideas, and her books are full of easy to use materials. These are two of Lori's books that I have and use regularly:


If you want to see her in action check out this link to her Home Page...


  1. If only more bloggers used these techniques too :)

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog :)

  2. If the previous comment was the first one you've had, then you need to start thinking of what you're going to do when they turn up on your blog.

    Over the years I've found generally speaking, those who reply to comments on their blog get more comments left. I know when I visit blogs repeatedly but they never respond, I start to feel a bit unacknowledged and amd less likely to comment in the future.

    So if you do, or do not want to grown the number of comments in the future, it's worth keping this in mind :)