Learning Strategies: Reading Skills

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This year, one of the significant changes we have made at our school is the inclusion of a regular block of time, called “Learning Strategies” into our schedule.

This block is designed as a support to ensure that all our students are successful learners at CSS. The Learning Strategies time is available for teachers to provide additional support to particular students, or a way to meet the needs of students in different ways.
Our grade 7 team started the year using Learning Strategies as a way to build reading skills across all the subjects. Working with the students, 7 reading strategies were developed:
  • Determining Importance
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Making Inferences
  • Connecting Ideas
  • Monitoring Meaning
  • Summarizing
This video of students explaining the 7 strategies was created by one of the grade 7 teachers:
[vimeo www.vimeo.com/19756942 w=580&h=326]
After showing this video during one of our staff PD days – the grade 8 team adopted the 7 strategies and had their students work through a ‘talking to the text’ assignment:
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Reading image by margolove