Literacy expert Mary Howard suggests that the most important data we can collect to learn about our students as readers is right in front of us.
The images above show blog threads that my students have started along with a few of their responses to a question I posted about our current read-aloud book, Wayside School Is Falling Down. It is very easy to set up and the teacher gets to approve all comments before they are posted.
Ultimately, the goal of teaching these strategies when reading complex whole-class novels should transcend comprehending that one particular text. We relate it to life ex. While reading their responses, I, of course, take note of misunderstandings students may have, or any redirection they may need, and I save those conversations for when we meet face to face.
Talk with them about what they are reading, and listen carefully to what they say.
Prompting Bookmarks for Students When I can't be with my students to prompt them as they read, they have a bookmark I created to help them remember prompts and questions we use together. Instead, teach students to think about the book choices they are making.
The caveat? Please share your ideas in the comments section below!