My first attempt at V.O.P in Term 1 was extremely rewarding as I was able to reflect on my teaching practise. Second time round was even more fulfilling as I was able to see how far I have come since setting my goal:
To develop my knowledge and understanding of reciprocal reading.
After gaining an understanding of what reciprocal reading involves, the Year 6 team decided to implement ‘reading detectives’ for our guided reading sessions. I have found this to be a great tool in teaching reading as it allows for exploration across all comprehension strategies. I have always looked for opportunities to model reading to allow students to understand how these strategies can assist them with having a deep understanding of the text they are engaging with. By explicit modelling at the start of Term 1, it is impressive to see that my students are now using these strategies independently. Mimi noted that my students were confident in their roles as teacher intervention was minimal during the guided reading session I recorded- a massive change from my first V.O.P where it was teacher-led. This switch has allowed my students to be accountable for their learning and to be able to take control of their learning.
I am very blessed to have Mimi as a V.O.P partner as she always gives me an insight into all the aspects of my teaching practise that are working well- sometimes this can be hard to see through your own eyes when you are too busy pointing out what could have been done better. Mimi was able to help me with deciding where to from here by pointing out some valid areas for improvement:
Aiming to allow students the opportunity to create their own questions around the text.
Providing all students with the role of ‘Detective Word Finder’ when vocab is difficult.
Providing a short response question at the end of each session to measure student understanding.
After our discussion I was able to develop a new goal:
To develop student capacity to be able to lead reciprocal reading independently.
This may sound a little out of reach but I believe in my students’ ability to aim high!