Workshop Part 2-Phonics Strategies

There are a couple of things I forgot to mention in my last post about the phonics strategies workshop that I went to. Heather also talked about actively engaging the students. We watched a video clip of Dr. Anita Archer (who is a guru on this). One of her biggest points was that you do NOT need to call on individual students who raise their hands to answer questions-instead elicit choral responses from the whole class. Her reasoning behind this is: ” You are teaching the best and leaving the rest.”

She also emphasized having enough wait time for students to think.

Here are some active engagement strategy ideas: (You can google them to learn and read more about them)


Turn and talk/choral responses/asking questions/graphic organizers/think-pair-share/KWL/reciprocal teaching


Underline the text/highlight the text/code the text/quick write/white board/post-its/KWL/graphic organizers/Exit slips/3-2-1/ABC brainstorm/anticipation guide/jigsaw

Heather’s book recommendation is:

Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties



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I teach 3rd grade. Love Jesus, teaching, reading, running, and working out.

Posted on June 24, 2011, in Phonics, Professional Development and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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