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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of April 21st

posted Apr 21, 2019, 8:42 PM by Courtney Richardson
Rescue Me!
As a research project, I’ve been working with a second-grade student who is reading significantly below grade level. While I was reading with her last week, I noticed she kept turning her head to look at me, sometimes for confirmation and other times to see if I would rescue her. Of course, whenever she turned her head, she lost her place in the book. I knew we needed to change this. At first, I said, "Don’t look at me. You need to look at the book." That brought her attention back to the book, but it didn’t stop her from looking at me the next time. Finally, I held up a folder between my face and hers. She stopped looking at me, kept her eyes on the page, and read much better! Sometimes a simple solution is right there in front of our eyes.