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Into Connectors introduces students to the Reciprocal Reading approach in a very supportive way that is easy to implement. For many students this may be the first time they have worked independently without the teacher.

 

The topics are specifically chosen to stimulate discussion and thinking. Into Connectors is a doorway into the Connectors Series.

 

Into Connectors is a series of books, both fiction and nonfiction that introduces Yr 3 and Yr 4 students to small group peer learning. The purpose is to begin students working with each other, while applying comprehension  strategies. Students will practise oral  language which involves discussion and conversations about the text.

 

"Into Connectors introduces students to the Reciprocal Reading approach in a very supportive way that is easy to implement. For many students this may be the first time they have worked independently without the teacher.
The topics are specifically chosen to stimulate discussion and thinking.

 

Into Connectors is a doorway into the Connectors Series."
Jill Eggleton QSO, author and educationalist.

 


"See Into Connectors in action with author, Jill Eggleton"

 

Small Group Behaviour

Students who are introduced to into Connectors need to be able to work in a small group situation - working toward independence from the teacher.

To ensure students are able to follow the process used in into Connectors, the teacher will first model the process and the role of group leader before students attempt to work independently with into Connectors.

The Teacher Resource Book outlines a process for introducing the into Connectors' approach to students using a day-by-day approach. The teacher gradually withdraws as a group participant when the students are able to work as an independent peer group.

Language in use

By using into Connectors, students experience explicit practice in

  • Oral language
  • Applying comprehension strategies, and
  • Expressing their thoughts and opinions.
  • They extend their vocabulary and my further research topics of interest.

More than Reading - Values in Action

Students using into Connectors in small groups, learn to interact and demonstrate the values of:

  • Acceptance
  • Respect for the opinions of others
  • Tolerance
  • Working cooperatively
  • Listening to others
  • Taking responsibility

 

How does into Connectors work?

into Connectors has 'in the book' scaffolding through explicit prompts for students leading the discussion and from the 'Invisible Teacher' (I.T.).
It focuses on the four key comprehension strategies of Reciprocal Reading:
predict, clarify, ask questions and summarise.

Before reading, students select a coloured 'leadership' icon. When a student's coloured icon appears on a spread, they become the leader of the discussion for that page. Students are provided with detailed prompts throughout the books to assist in initiating meaningful group discussion.

The books are designed to be used with a group of six students. Each student has the opportunity to lead the small group discussion twice in each book.

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