Supported decision making

thinkingWe want our children to check their reading and make their own decisions.
Here is an example of supported decision making quite early in the series of lessons (2nd intake).

 

EXAMPLE 1
The sentence in the book was:bowl
Billy looked at the bowls.
The child read:
Billy looked at the bowls …. spoons.

Teacher: Is it bowls or spoons? What do you think?
Child: Mm
Teacher: (Covered the word.) What would you expect to see if it was spoons?
Child: s
Teacher: (Uncovered the 1st letter-b.) What is it?
Child: bowls
Teacher: You’re right. Billy looked at the bowls.

EXAMPLE 2
The sentence in the book was:
The fish are not coming today.fish
The child read:
The fish are not here … coming …today. (The student stopped reading and looked uncertain.)

Teacher: Which one is it? What do you think?
Child: coming
Teacher: Why?
Child: There’s a c.
Teacher: Read it again and check it sounds right.
Child: The fish are not coming today. It’s right!

It would be a lot quicker to just tell the child the correct word but we would not be giving her the opportunity to discover she could work it out herself.

See also an earlier post- Decision Making.

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