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Note 319 – Reciprocal Reading

I went to my daughters’ school this evening to learn about reciprocal reading and how I can help them with this technique. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, but learnt quite a bit in half an hour. It’s basically a strategy that teachers use with their pupils help them to understand a given text. There are four different roles (or components) to reciprocal reading which are questioning, clarifying, summarising and predicting.

According to Wikipedia reciprocal teaching was first developed by Palincsar and Brown in 1986 and is “an instructional activity that takes the form of a dialogue between teachers and students regarding segments of text” and these discussions tend to take place in small groups. explain reciprocal reading as “a successful guided reading comprehension method widely used in USA, Australia, New Zealand and more recently in UK schools”.

The part that parents play in this

As a working parent, I do a mix of ‘the girls reading to me’ and ‘me reading to the girls’ and we try to do it most nights. What I am now realising is that I’ve only been focusing on getting through the books (so they can get the next one) and helping them to learn and understand new words. I’m now starting to see a whole new challenge for them (and me for that matter!).

Have you heard of reciprocal reading?

Until tomorrow…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


3 thoughts on “Note 319 – Reciprocal Reading

  1. Very good, Sandra.
    I’ll sure this with my daughter, who’s working with the two grandchildren that live with me (as well as my daughter, her husband, and his brother!).

    Useful info for sure. I’ll be doing this with my grandchildren. They’re at a delightful age–10 granddaughter, 7 grandson.

    Posted by Bill | March 14, 2012, 10:42 pm
  2. Wow….never heard of it, but then, it is a while since my lot were at school 😉

    Very interesting hon


    Posted by Vikki (The View Outside) | March 15, 2012, 7:58 am

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