The primary 2 classroom got a sneak peek of the books. And they loved them! Most of the 230 books are pairs…perfect for partner reading! The idea would be to read together to build decoding, word id and fluency skills… and then talk about the story to expand their vocabulary and comprehension. The students jumped right in!
The teachers are still learning. When I handed the books to one of our teachers and encouraged her to use them, she was unsure what to do with them. The directions seemed clear to me, as I suggested the partner reading with the option of reading together or turn-taking reading. She began with the task, and then often stopped partners that were reading in unison and made them read one at a time. In my view, the kids were all engaged and making connections from the text to the pictures.
Then she stopped them. She asked one partner group to stand and read the pages of their book, alternating one at a time. And so the engagement ended. The other children did not have copies to follow along on. There was no context for the read aloud. The children became bored and inattentive. They were asked to close their books and listen.
We still have some work to do. Teacher training begins on Friday morning. I am looking forward to the conversations….and praying that there is open mindedness to the possibilities of expanding their practices.