Sometimes it’s worth repeating the obvious, just in case anyone missed it. Everyone should watch The Wire, Scottish hopes of footballing success are rarely fulfilled, and Tim Shanahan’s website is one of the best sources of information about literacy on the internet.
Shanahan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has led the US Government’s National Reading Panel. Recently on his blog, he fielded a question about the effectiveness of whole-class reading approaches, where one student reads aloud while their classmates follow the text. It’s hard to think of a more relevant question to primary and secondary teachers than how they should read with their class, so although the debate isn’t new, it’s worth recapping and exploring which aspects remain unanswered.
Discussions about whole-class reading can be muddied by terminology. Names for whole-class reading include ‘Round Robin Reading’, ‘Popcorn Reading’ and ‘Control the Game’. The latter is advocated in Doug Lemov’s popular Teach Like a Champion series and, most recently, his book Reading Reconsidered.
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