Promoting Independence

glassesLast Friday we had a Reading Recovery Ongoing Professional Learning session with our tutor and other Reading Recovery teachers. Part of our time is always spent revisiting our R.R. guide books.

Our aim is to produce independent readers.


We were reminded of ways that we can encourage our students to help themselves to learn:

1. Give the child ways to detect error for himself. Instead of correcting the child after an error has been made say ‘Something wasn’t quite right. Can you find it?’ Or read back the sentence including the error and ask ‘How did that sound?’ or ‘Did it match?

2. Encourage attempts to correct error. If the child stops reading after an error but does not attempt to fix it ask, ‘What else are YOU going to try?’ Praise all the attempts even if they do not lead to complete success.

3. Give him clues to aid self-correction. Prompts might be- Reread from ___. Check the first letter. Think about what Billy is doing / saying. Look for a part of the word you know.

4. Allow him to make checks or repetitions to confirm his first attempts. Give ‘wait time’ before help is given. The child needs to know that she is expected to do the work. If we jump in to take over she will not check her own reading or reread in order to confirm / self-correct herself.

5. When he works out a word or text for himself ask him ‘How did you know?’ (Do not overdo this.) This is a way of recalling what she can do for herself next time.

Text in bold taken from Literacy Lessons Designed For Individuals Part 1 (2005) by Marie M. Clay. 3537327425

You can help your child by trying this at home.

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