'I have taught and observed students using the Reciprocal Reading approach. From my own experience and the research by Palinscar and Brown (1986), I recognised that this is a most powerful teaching tool. I also know that busy classroom teachers have limited time to locate and prepare the appropriate material for independent learning.
'This led to the creation of Connectors. I wanted to give teachers the confidence to know that their students are not just involved in busy work but a meaningful, enjoyable and powerful learning experience.'
A 'What to Do' page at the beginning of each book provides guidance for students in ways to read and discuss the text. It also advises students about additional resources they might need (e.g. dictionary, atlas, thesaurus).
Students select a coloured icon each. A student takes the leadership role when their coloured icon appears on the page.
Prompts on each page support the leader as they guide the reading and discussion based on the four key Reciprocal Reading comprehension strategies:
Other comprehension strategies are used throughout the books at 'Stop signs' and include: