[MOSAIC] Reciprocal Teaching/thanks heather

Patricia Kimathi pkimathi at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 25 08:18:41 EDT 2007


Heather,
I sent this message before I finished, so here it goes again. This is 
very close to the way I run my lit circles in second grade.  I added 
the artful artist/time tracker(settinng) after they learn the first 
four positions. But last year when I asked for help with my second 
graders you suggested using RT.  So while I continued with my lit 
circles, I also added in RT.  Well, yesterday I went to school and my 
gifted coordinator told me my test scores were high.  When I tested the 
children in Sept. last year.  I was really worried and turned to the 
group for help.  Even though first grade teacher's thought these 
students  were gifted  (based on oral participation and decoding 
skills) when I started I knew that comprehension was lacking.  I 
started off testing oral comprehension and the class average was very 
low.  Reading comprehension was even lower.

So I just want to say thank you. I really believe your suggestion of 
using RT and your directions helped these students to achieve higher 
reading scores. But what is more important it helped them to read with 
understanding.


Pat K

"to be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night 
and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest 
battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."

e.e. cummings

On Nov 2, 2006, at 8:23 PM, Heather Wall wrote:

>  I'm conducting a RT group right now in my 3rd grade class, and it's 
> going fairly well.  Here's how I do it: I have 4 cards labeled in this 
> way (I"m going from memory and so slightly paraphrasing): 1st card = 
> Questions: Who? What? When? WHere? Why?; 2nd card = Clarify: Meaning 
> of a word or phrase; 3rd card = Summarize. What was the section 
> about?; 4th card = Predict. What do you thinhk will happen next?


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