Reading for Understanding KIDS PART 2: A 6-Step Approach


In this four-session follow-up to the class “Reading for Understanding: A 6-Step Approach to Reading and Paraphrasing a Text,” students practice six strategies with teacher support to build competence and skill in reading & paraphrasing.

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I take an “I do, we do, you do” approach to teaching. This means I explicitly teach a concept or skill, which includes teacher modeling. Then I guide students through the process, correcting misconceptions, and supporting them as they master the concepts and skills. Last, students have time to practice the skill on their own with teacher feedback to reinforce, enrich, or correct their learning.

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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

We have adopted The Master’s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.

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