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Reciprocal Reading (Reading Champions)

Education in Waltham Forest

Reading ProjectReading Champions: Developing comprehension through effective guided reading – with Wayne Tennent

Reciprocal teaching (Palincsar & Brown, 1984) is a well-researched approach to developing comprehension through the use of explicit strategies (predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarising). There have been hundreds of studies which attest to its efficacy.

This programme promotes a teacher-led guided approach to using these strategies. It particularly focuses on the role of questioning in helping young readers engage with the 'layers' of meaning presented in a text. The programme is led by Dr Wayne Tennent (Senior Lecturer, University of East London). Wayne has worked with many schools and local authorities developing effective guided reading practices.

Aspects covered in this programme:

Developing pedagogy: a demonstration of practice and approaching planning
The comprehension process: what goes on in a reader's head?
Monitoring comprehension: making sense of texts in unique ways
The role of talk: encouraging dialogue
Engaging with texts: exploring 'Text Potential'

Outcomes from previous programmes include:

  • Sustained progress in reading across years
  • Children demonstrating greater engagement with, and enjoyment of, reading
  • Teachers with a deeper understanding of the comprehensions process
  • Teachers with a deeper understanding of the role of inference making
  • Teachers making smarter use of planning time

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 15 December, 2016
Last updated: 15 December 2016 by Barry Fong