Friday, June 09, 2006

So much nonsense

In lieu of an actual post, here are a few terms I came across while reviewing for the TExES.

* advanced organizers (or hooks, or anticipatory sets) are pre-lesson activities like Venn diagrams, KWL charts, concept maps, etc., used by teachers to find out what children already know so they can adapt instruction and link it to the pre-existing knowledge base.

* an informal reading inventory is a series of passages of increasing difficulty read aloud by a child, used to assess independent, instructional, and frustration reading levels.

speaking of which, a loose definition of those reading levels is:

* independent level - 98% or greater words correctly identified
* instructional level - 90% - 97% words correctly identified
* frustration level - below 90% words correctly identified

* and finally, an SQ3R is a type of study strategy standing for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. These are steps students are encouraged to follow as they try to get meaning and purpose out of instructional reading.

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