Collaborative Student Groups

Buddy Reading

Buddy Reading is a research-based fluency strategy I use with readers who lack fluency. In this strategy, my students read aloud to each other. More fluent readers can be paired with less fluent readers, or students who read at the same level can be paired to together. Buddy Reading can be used with any book since students can take turns reading by sentence, paragraph, page, or chapter.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This "Buddy Reading Coaching Sheet" offers students different coaching strategies for comprehension and fluency, as well as pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities. I usually laminate this or place it in a sheet protector so that Buddy Readers can refer to these strategies quickly while reading nonfiction and fiction texts together.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This document describes how to pair students for Buddy Reading. It also includes guidance for teaching Buddy Reading to students.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This "Buddy Reading Coaching Sheet" offers students different coaching strategies for comprehension and fluency, as well as pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities. I usually laminate this or place it in a sheet protector so that Buddy Readers can refer to these strategies quickly while reading nonfiction and fiction texts together.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This document describes how to pair students for Buddy Reading. It also includes guidance for teaching Buddy Reading to students.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Feedback Systems
Peer Feedback

There are two feedback practices within this strategy video. The first half shows us setting up the expectations and granting randomly assigned roles for the feedback session. Prior to dismissing I try to have students point where they are going to clear up any confusion. The second half shows students using our teamwork rubric sentence stems to write down comments. Students know they are going to use different color markers to write on team posters and give a glow and or a grow for the other team. 

 
Routines and Procedures
Blended Learning Self-Monitoring

Students self monitoring- At the closing of each session students turns and talk to their neighbor about how their session went, what went well, and what a challenge was. This is done so students have support for their sessions, and so the teacher can visually evaluate how the students feel they are doing. The self monitoring also helps students consider what their next steps should be, as well as offer up suggestions on who to ask for help with certain lessons or who the 'ask an expert' go to would be. 


 
Instructional Planning
Mark's Approach to Planning

Planning is an essential part of a blended teacher’s practice. In blended environments, where students can be at different points in a course on various modalities, blended teachers need to be very intentional about how they plan. Check out the video below to see how Mark plans for instruction in his blended classroom.


 
 
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