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Faculty Colleagues Share Coaching Expertise

Learning how to be an effective Reading Apprenticeship coach on a community college campus can mean calling on colleagues in an online course.

Slinda@xxcc.mass.edu New message…
Hi Everyone,
I have a question that perhaps others will be able to help me with. I am working with a SFIG (staff-faculty inquiry group) trying to spread the word about Reading Apprenticeship. Currently we are working mostly with science faculty. Many like the idea of using double-entry journals with the reading assignments in the text, but have found that to go over carefully what each student records is taking a lot of time. Does anybody have suggestions on exercises these instructors could try? Thanks.
– Linda

melody@ xxcc.edu Reply…
Hi Linda,
The first time I used the journals or Talking to the Text, I read everything the student wrote. Yikes, it took a ton of time. This past quarter I reconsidered the purpose of using these strategies. I wanted to know what students were reacting to and, if they got stuck, where. I also wanted them to become more confident and comfortable with asking questions, as my students are often very shy about that.  

So in class, once journals or T to T was completed, I used more directed conversations—where they share Golden Lines with each other, also jigsaws where students share ideas about one part of the text and create a lesson for the other students. To get at questions, I’ve posted discussion boards in which they post questions and discuss. Also I start classes by asking students to review the questions they wrote and circle the ones they really want answered—that’s where we start. In those activities I learn so much about what students understand and want to know. I skim journals or T to T looking for types of comment—and respond to a couple of comments or questions—but I don’t read everything they write. Using these strategies has taught me more about students’ learning than any other activities I’ve used before and don’t take any more time.  
– Melody

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