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Reading is Thinking!

As parents, we have all looked forward to that magical time when we snuggle with our children and a good book and transport ourselves to another world. However we have also experienced the time when after a long, tiring day at work; we have found ourselves automatically reading an entire page or two while our brain has been simultaneously making a list of jobs still to do. It is not until our child asks a question or makes a comment that we realize we have no idea what we just read! This type of reading fluently without comprehension is simply ‘word calling’.

All teachers of reading evaluate both a child’s reading fluency, as well as, his or her comprehension. Some children appear to be good readers, but are reading on ‘autopilot’ with little or no comprehension. Reading is a complex, active process of constructing meaning.

When studying the behaviors of good readers as opposed to poor readers, researchers found that proficient readers continually monitor their comprehension. Lori Jamison Rog has developed a simple metaphor of a remote control to assist readers in monitoring their own comprehension. This simple intervention can be used as a bookmark to remind children to stop and reflect as they are reading.

Remote Control Bookmark for Comprehension

Student Led Conferences

Next Thursday, March 17th students throughout the school will be sharing their learning through student led conferences. The student support team members from English as an Additional Language, the learning support, and counseling will all have a variety of activities available in their classrooms that your child can share with you.


Please remember to allow your child to take the lead in these conferences. This is not the time to ask the teacher about the progress of your child. Please make a separate appointment on a different day to do this.


Here are some conversation starters that may be helpful:


What do you enjoy most or least from this learning activity?


What makes you proud of this piece of work?


I am proud of your improvement in…


What do you enjoy most about this class?