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  • Learning Today! -Differentiating Instruction Through  Deskside Conferences
  •  How will I ever meet the needs of all readers ??????????!!!!
  • WOW! It's Nancy Allison! Author of the book Middle School Readers! Nancy, can you please give me some tips on how to meet the needs of readers in my classroom.
  • Yes, I can! Deskside Conferences are the heart of differentiation in an independent reading classroom. So let's start there!
  • Wow! Thanks for all the tips on how to help different types of readers!
  • Tip: Help Emily clear the fog on what she's confused about. Maybe try filling out a plot mountain chart to help find a starting point that is clear to her.Continue to monitor her progress because more conferences may be needed. 
  • Delayed Readers: They have not developed reading skills on the planned schedule, but are capable of catching up.
  • During Independent reading time, Emily never has a book at her desk ready to read and often struggles with following along with book plots.
  • No Problem! By working everyday with developing readers you will develop a deep understanding of the nature of reading & the challenges it presents. Teachers grow as educators as much as the students grow as readers. 
  • This can be a sign of delayed readers. Delayed readers often spend so much time decoding to make it to the next sentence they miss the significant meaning of the book they are reading. 
  • Tip: Ask Kayla questions during the conference that question her learning to confirm that she is not just holding the book and looking at the words.When books holders know their teachers are serious about them actually reading. they usually read.
  • On Level Readers: Students who are proficient in grade-level texts may continue to read at this comfortable level and not make the leap to more sophisticated reading unless supported by a more skilled reader.
  • Kayla does not have problems with basic reading skills, but Instead of just being a page turner I would like for her to read with a sense of joy rather than duty. 
  • Page turners are perfectly willing to have a book, They are just not willing to actually read it even though they are capable. In conferencing go beyond looking at the words the author has put on the page to understand the author's purpose. 
  • Speeding readers need to be slowed down before they begin a text. They need to be steered to text that will lend themselves to a higher level of thought and examination of author's craft.Then they must be given response assignments that help master high-level skills. 
  • In classrooms filled with students of different abilities and interests, it is often the gifted child who becomes invisible to the teacher. 
  • Kyle can read a whole chapter book within in a weekend but I am worried about how carefully he is actually reading the text.
  • Even gifted children should be presented with texts that for which they will need teacher support and guidance. 
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