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February 19, 2012

Retell Table

So, what’s new in my world?

Well, the biggest thing is my Retell Table.

It’s just a simple table – but it’s where reading comprehension magic is happening right now.

One day on the way home from school I was thinking, “What if the kids could lead comprehension conservations after I teach a guided reading group to better help them understand the story?”

I came up with the idea of taping questions onto the table and having the kids go down after groups and answer each others questions.

After about 3 or 4 days, they were pros at reading and answering the questions I had created.

They were so great that we actually invited another class in to train them on the Retell Table, too!

This last week I noticed that the kids were using my questions less and less frequently and making up their own questions more and more often.


So, on Friday I had each student write down 5-9 questions they thought should be on the table.

We had little mini-conferences and decided which the ‘best’ question was and they typed it up and taped it on the table.

Now the table is filled with questions the kids generated!

My favorite one was: “If you were the author of this book – what would you change?”

Talk about thought provoking!

So, if you want to help build independence and reading comprehension, you might want to try out the Retell Table.

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