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Thinking Outside of the Round Robin reading Box. Commonplace Book Entry #3 Annie Tran—EDUC 513A – Professor Park.

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Thinking Outside of the Round Robin reading Box

Commonplace Book Entry #3

Annie Tran—EDUC 513A – Professor Park

According to the research done by Ash, Kuhn, and Walpole in their article, “Analyzing ‘Inconsistencies’ in Practice: Teachers’ Continued Use of Round Robin Reading,” Round Robin Reading is an overused method of reading in the classroom where the teacher calls on students to read orally by taking turns.

Defining round robin reading:

-Popcorn Reading: students read a passage and are encouraged to “pick” on another student to continue reading

-Combat Reading: students read a passage and are encouraged to catch other students who are off-task to read

-Popsicle Reading: teacher utilizes equity sticks to call on students to read when their name is drawn from the popsicle stick can

-Round Robin Reading: students read in a predetermined order (i.e. seating chart and going table to table all around the room)

Round Robin Reading and its nicknames:

What are the pros and cons of RRR?

It is still unclear why teachers utilize this practice when there is research that acknowledges its damaging affects on students, but some possibilities may include the following:

-Easy strategy to fall back on

-Convenient for teacher to sit back and watch students do the work and regulating who reads next

-Comfortable with the practice (the teacher may have been accustomed to this growing up in the classroom and is unaware of its detrimental effects on students)

Arguments for RRR:

Although some teachers acknowledge that they are uncomfortable with RRR, the practice still persists with negative effects such as:

-Interruptive to the nature of reading

-Turn-taking leads to poor models of reading

-Damages social and emotional growth

-Does not develop independence in word decoding

Arguments Against RRR:

*Research can be further exposed to teachers and raising awareness of the issue can promote better reading practices in the classroom.

*Trainings and professional development workshops provide a great opportunity for teachers to learn about new reading strategies rather than resorting to the old RRR strategies that prove detrimental to students.

What can be done?

What are alternative reading

strategies to use in the classroom?

*Shared Reading

*Independent Reading

*Echo Reading

*Jigsaw Reading

*Choral Reading

*Reciprocal Reading

Students read independently

and are assigned clear

stopping and starting points.

-Students understand that there is a purpose for reading (“While you read, see if you can figure out why . . .”)

-Plethora of Post-Reading Activities to try (such as reader response journals, dialectical journals, etc.)

-Activities to connect to reading process (higher level questioning)

-Faster readers can re-read for closer reading while slower readers have the time to absorb material.

Independent Reading:

Teacher reads aloud to model fluency and pronunciation.

-Students follow along closely and respond when teacher stops at preselected passages to clarify the meaning behind the text.

-Students respond to a good model of reading.

shared Reading:

The teacher reads a part of the text with great modeling and students follow the lead.

-Teacher reads a selected passage of the text, students are then asked to read that same portion of text in just the same way.

-This can be done as frequently as needed throughout the text.

Echo Reading:

The teacher has the decision to split the class into halves or separate groups.

-More than one student at a time reads. (This allows the students to blend their voices into one without putting anyone on the spot.)

-The point is to have many voices reading at once as the teacher directs which passage to read.

Students can repeat sections to build fluency.

Choral Reading:

Students attack chunks

of the reading with a purpose

to teach others about their

section of the text.

-Teacher assign sections of reading, students are split into different groups than they are normally paired with varied skills

Sections of texts to read and assigned tasks are to-the-point and limited so that they can teach the other groups the content of their assigned section.

-Each group becomes the expert on their section of the text.

-This strategy is great for large pieces of text with a faster approach to reading.

Jigsaw Reading:

Teacher directs the reading at

first but gradually releases

responsibility of learning

onto the student.

-Good readers are visible to the class and the purpose is to have these students become good reading models for their peers. Students internalize that they need to do these steps with everything they read:



*Question/ Clarify points of uncertainty


Reciprocal Reading:

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