Russ on Reading: Reading Instruction at a Distance: Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Alone, Read Again

Russ on Reading: Reading Instruction at a Distance: Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Alone, Read Again

Reading Instruction at a Distance: Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Alone, Read Again



Whether teaching at a safe distance in school, or online, or some combination of the two, teachers and students face a unique challenge this year. While reading instruction for our most vulnerable readers will necessarily look much different from normal practice, many best practices can still be used effectively. An instructional design I would recommend is Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Alone, Read Again. Let's take a look at these four elements and see how we can use them in this brave new teaching world.



Read Aloud

This well-documented and effective reading strategy can and should remain central to our distanced instruction. Read aloud is not only a pleasurable activity for most, but it also builds student vocabulary and background knowledge, provides a model of fluent reading for children, and provides the teacher with opportunities to model reading comprehension strategies like predicting, summarizing, rereading, adjusting reading rate, and questioning.

During this pandemic, while I haven't been able to visit my grandchildren, I have been recording video  read alouds and sending them off to be shared at bedtime. Teachers can choose to do recorded read alouds or real time read alouds with their students this fall. For more on Read Aloud you can look here.

Read Along

As I wrote in a recent post you can find here, the read along is an assisted CONTINUE READING: Russ on Reading: Reading Instruction at a Distance: Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Alone, Read Again