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[Past Newsletters]

FrontLine Teaching
Published By ReadingLady.com
November 19, 2001

1) Calendar
2) Funny Stuff
3) Round Robin Reading
4) This & That

Check-out these two urls for exciting saving and
new arrivals.



We have created a calendar. Yes that is right folks,
an actual calendar, looks like a monthly calendareven,
it's got all the important dates for the readinglady
site as well as 4 Block dates for workshops and


We will be more than pleased to add other important
dates to our Calendars as you our site members
make us aware of them.


BackPacks By Jenny


Funny Stuff - courtesy of Marcia/1st/GA

Last week my class of first graders were learning about
different parts and features of non-fiction books.
After we had covered most of these skills, I tried to put
closure on the lesson by setting purpose for the next
day's lesson. I informed them, "Class, tomorrow, you will
begin researching spiders with some of these books."
You should have seen some of the horrified looks on their
faces. I realized the breakdown in communication almost
instantly, and I made myself clearer to everyone.
"We will not be "searching" for spiders, but RESEARCHING
spiders by reading about them in a book."
That seemed to do the trick.


Check out our 4 blocks


Guided Reading Alternatives to Round Robin Reading

In the introduction of Good-Bye Round Robin Reading
by Michael F. Opitz and Timothy V. Rasinski, we are
given a scenario that involves round robin reading
and the effect that it had on some teachers.

Mr. Opitz used the round robin approach to oral reading
and then instructed teachers to take out a piece of paper
for a comprehension test that he would be giving. Teacherís
responses to this scenario were shared. The following include
some of their responses:

"I was trying to figure out the pattern so that I could prepare
the part that I thought you would have me read."

"The longer I had to wait, the more nervous I became."

"The only thing I could remember was the sense of relief
I felt when you called on someone else to read."

Mr. Opitz used this scenario along with responses to give
teachers some insight on how students feel when they are asked
to participate in round robin reading. After sharing these
thoughts, one person stated that they felt round robin reading
shouldnít be used because of the way it makes children feel
and that it gives children the wrong idea about reading.
Someone else mentioned that we are seldom asked to read this
way in real life. We usually read silently, and when we do read
orally before a group, we usually get a chance to rehearse by silently
reading ahead of time.

If round robin reading is so detrimental to children, why does it
persist? Opitz and Rasinski state that they have found that tradition
played a big role in the reasons that new teachers gave for using
the round robin approach. They felt that they would be "rocking
the boat" if they strayed away from tradition. Other teachers felt
that round robin reading helps with classroom management while it is
just the opposite in many classrooms. Another reason given for using
round robin reading was that teachers feel they accomplish two purposes
in one setting:

1.) students read the story


2.) teachers simultaneously assess studentsí reading.

The fourth reason that Opitz and Rasinski have found is that teachers
feel that it saves time. On the contrary, Armbruster and Wilkinson state
that silent reading is faster and provides individuals time to reread
without burdening other readers (Opitz and Rasinski,
1). The final reason that teachers gave for using the round robin
reading approach was that they didnít know what else to do
(Opitz and Rasinski, 84-86).

There are several alternatives to round robin reading. Pat Cunningham,
Dorothy Hall, and James Cunningham mention several grouping options in
their book Guided Reading The Four Blocks Way. Some of the options
mentioned include shared reading, echo reading, (ERT) everyone read to,
partner reading, teacher groups, coaching groups, three ring circus,
book clubs, and novel teaming.

Other approaches suggested by Opitz and Rasinski in Good-bye Round
Robin include choral reading (reading aloud together in unison),
readersí theater, recorded texts, and revised radio reading (students
perform pre-selected portions of a text that they have had the opportunity
to rehearse).

As you can see, there are a variety of approaches and strategies that can
be used in teaching reading. A balanced reading program incorporates all
reading approaches realizing students need to use multiple strategies to
become proficient readers. The exciting part is designing your program so
that it is tailored to fit the different needs of all of your students.

This & That

Congratulations to all those that acheived "National Certification".
The marks were released this past friday and it is my understanding that
teachers were logging onto NBPTS home page at: www.nbpts.org and
if the pass or not.

We have been receiving requests for an order form comprised of the books
we market from the readinglady.com site. Since this is a rather large task,
I am looking for feed back from you our users as if this is something that
is really needed or not. Please respond to readinglady@readinglady.com
with your feedback.

Again just another small mention of our Calendar Section, you will find it
lists site activities as well as other important dates. If you have dates
you feel should be added, please contact readinglady@readinglady.com


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