Our Framework

Our Approach

The Reading Apprenticeship Framework

Reading Apprenticeship instructional routines and approaches are based on a framework that describes the classroom in terms of four interacting dimensions that support learning: Social, Personal, Cognitive, and Knowledge-Building.

So, for example, teachers work with students to create classrooms where students feel safe to share reading processes, problems, and solutions. Students develop sturdy reader identities. They learn how to monitor their comprehension and how to restore it when it breaks down. And they use schema they have as they build new knowledge.

These four dimensions are woven into subject area teaching through Metacognitive Conversation — conversations about the thinking processes students and teachers engage in as they read. The context in which this all takes place is Extensive Reading — increased in-class opportunities for students to practice reading in more skillful ways.

The Reading Apprenticeship Framework