Ellen Jones, second grade teacher at Chagrin Falls Schools, implemented a “buddy reading” program to help students have better success when reading. The first lesson began with pairing students up as partners and choosing a set of books so that both of the “buddies” would have equal success reading them.
The goal of the lesson was to have the students work on their comprehension of a story as their partner read it aloud. The buddy would respond after hearing the story by saying, “I just heard you say…” and filling in the blank by summarizing an important element from that particular page or section of the book. While reading, students learned to sit in an EEKK position, which means elbow to elbow and knee to knee in order to keep them focused and attentive.
As students learn the expectations for buddy reading, they will be able to choose their own partners and books. “Buddy reading will become part of the students’ academic choice menu once the year gets a bit further along,” said Jones.
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