Many K-12 teachers find themselves doing a lot of reading with students, but very little time is spent actually teaching it. This is a subtle but significant distinction. Our class periods and reading blocks are often filled with students reading passages, discussing texts, and answering questions. And as important as these experiences are, none of them count as explicit teaching.

In this 60-minute webinar, educators will learn what explicit, whole-class comprehension instruction really looks like and how to effectively scaffold mini-lessons within the rest of the reading block to honor the gradual release of responsibility.
  • Acknowledge the purpose that various reading experiences serve within the reading block/ELA class period.
  • Clarify teaching skills and modeling thinking versus simply assigning reading and asking questions.
  • Identify the specific and explicit information that must be revealed in every K-12 comprehension lesson.
Kristina Smekens
President & Lead Consultant at Smekens Education
Kristina Smekens has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with practical, demystifying strategies for teaching reading and writing.

As president and lead consultant for Smekens Education, she is constantly developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College and Career-Ready Standards.
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