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Gail Brown

Politing materials for making inferences, any interest?

  • Mon 7th Jan 2013
  • Gail

I’m currently piloting some classroom materials, titled Thinking for Learning. These materials are about creative thinking in the context of reading, and also much more!

Thinking for Learning is taught with texts, and students are also explicitly taught to apply this thinking across different curriculum areas, across topics and even to watching movies in their leisure time. Thinking for Learning starts with thinking about Questioning – When was the last time you googled? Beyond asking and using questions for learning, it’s the thinking around the questions and the texts that such an important part of all our lives today, especially with technology!

I believe that explicit and systematic instruction is effective for teaching reading, for both decoding and comprehension. These materials provide such instruction, using an easy to hard sequence, with modelled examples. Materials can be implemented in a regular classroom for a whole class, with paired student discussions. The same content, scaffolded, can be implemented with a small student group or an individual student with some minimal decoding skills. Assessments are about 20 minutes long, and hardcopy. The lesson sequence includes 20 lessons of about 30 minutes, dependent on teacher scaffolding.

Program Goals: (All usual adjustments for students with special needs are used & documented)

1.Explicitly model, guide and teach how to use background knowledge to understand and learn from text reading.

2.Provide independent student practice in using background knowledge to understand texts.

3.Provide implementation options for whole class (with paired student talk) and individuals or small groups (special needs, remote or other reasons)

4.Collection of evidence of adjustments for meeting the needs of any students, with or without special needs.


a. Assessments, about 20 minutes each part, Pre & Post:

Part 1: 2 reading tasks, multiple choice and written responses, Student & Teacher Marking Materials

Part 2: 2 reading tasks, with sentence and texts for written responses, Student & Teacher Marking Materials

Student Reflections about materials: What have I learned?

b.Two types of Powerpoints to present, 20 lessons:

Whole class materials, with paired student talk, lesson feedback

Individual or small group scaffolded materials, lesson feedback

c.Two types of Student Workbooks:

Classroom workbooks, paired talk & individual written work & feedback

Individual student workbooks, for small group or independent student written responses & feedback

So, if you’re interested in piloting these materials with your class, from Grade 5 to 8, email Gail or give me a call on 0424 163 624

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