Reciprocal Teaching

As experts in their disciplines, career/technical teachers frequently teach via modeling and demonstration. Students get to see an accomplished person performing the task, giving them insight into handling the process. Reciprocal teaching is an activity for building reading comprehension that capitalizes on this master/apprentice relationship for learning. This activity models four essential components of comprehension: questioning, summarizing, clarifying, and predicting.

The teacher may model questioning by asking the following:

  • "Why does the author tell me this?"
  • "What seems to be the most important point or idea?"
  • "Did I understand the correctly?"
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