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When I first started as a reading teacher, I was shocked by the amount of errors my students made without self-correcting. I'm not talking about not being able to pronounce an unknown word or struggling with sounding one out. I'm talking about students saying that "The dog meowed" and not stopping to figure out what the heck just happened. And while that might be a slight exaggeration, it really was astonishing to me. I quickly realized that it must be my first course of action with my students. Every year I worked with struggling readers I started out with self-monitoring and kept it as a constant throughout the year. I saw huge growth in some students by fixing this one weakness. Now that I'm working with struggling readers again, it was the first thing that jumped out at me when I started listening to them read. Again, I'm back to it as my first mini-lessons with my older students this week.
After I've explained the three questions, I read aloud a book while making errors off and on throughout. I ask students to interrupt me if I've made an error and ask me one of the questions as it relates to my error. This helps students analyze errors and begin to think about them. It also helps keeps them following along as I read. I've even asked students to read aloud and have others redirect them with one of the questions.
Throughout the year, as students make errors without self-correcting them, I draw attention to their mistake by asking one of the questions. I rarely just fix a mistake by students. Instead, I want them to think about the question I'm asking them. I've found that this causes them to be more attentive as they are reading and helps them make fewer mistakes in the long run.
How do you teach self-monitoring to your students?
I'm also linking up with Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher for her Reading Linky Party. I can't wait to see some great ideas!