Monday, 27 February 2017

Starting Out in 2017

The priority learners I will be working with this year are drawn from several Year 7 & 8 classes. They are all Year 8 students who have reading ages of 8 - 8.5 years and are 12 or almost 12 years old as at the beginning of the year. There are 5 students in the group and we meet 4 days a week for 30 minutes during their literacy rotation.

From the end of 2016 running record testing results I discovered that all these students had some struggles with decoding strategies (or lack of them!); vocabulary knowledge; and comprehension at higher levels.

My interventions will involve specific, systematic teaching of decoding strategies from sounds and words that follow regular patterns to those that are irregular and more complex. The students will be introduced to high-interest, non-fiction texts to build vocabulary knowledge and comprehension. 

I expect to spend more time on skill building at the beginning and more time on vocabulary and comprehension as the year progresses.

My goal is for each student to make at least 12 months progress in reading and for there to be some carry-over to other curriculum areas. 


  1. Really interested to see how it goes for you Jenni. From what I learnt last year I found those struggling ones really benefit from practising a quicker recall at those basic decoding skills so it leaves them with more brain space to think about comprehension.

    1. Thanks Helen. I was inspired when I visited your group last year and saw you doing this.

  2. Will watch with interest Jenni. It will be interesting to find out as you go how similar their gaps are.