6 Super Smart Strategies to Improve Comprehension
Hi there all and welcome to this little post. It has been a long time since I have posted anything on the Super Six, but after changing schools, and the expectations that go with it, my time has been invested in other ideas. My current school does not have a focus on using the Super Six, as did my previous school, and even though I still use the Super Six every single lesson, I have sadly lost my way a little with these strategies.
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So why the interest again? Well it’s simple—the strategies work! They help ALL students comprehend any text—written or in my case, music listening samples. I teach at a High School that is “partially selective”. This means that we have a class of Gifted and Talented students in each year group, along with these students are our normal, everyday students who all have different ability levels. So my everyday teaching is about differentiation and meeting the needs of students where they are at, at that moment in time. I have found that using the Super Six works for all students, from Year 7 to 12, and this is all while teaching a specialist subject—Music.
So what are these strategies? The Super Six are Comprehension Strategies that can be used with any text, with any year level. They are meant to help students “access” a text in a more meaningful way. As a result, when students can comprehend texts better, they then have a better retention of information, and in turn they then have more information available in their memory banks to use when writing—simple! Well sort of!
The Six Strategies include:
- Making Connections
These Strategies also have other names. The website Reading Rockets has several articles on using Comprehension Strategies, why it is important, and more—go and have a look!
With each of these strategies the best way to use them is to teach a chosen strategy using the “Modelled, Guided and Independent” method. There is heaps of information available on this method, do a search and you will easily find it. But below are a couple of links to save you some time.
As a little gift to you all, I have put together a couple of FREE resources for you to download and use in your classroom straight away. Firstly there is the Free Mini Bundle of Super Six Resources. In this Mini Bundle you will get 3 different strategies for each of the Super Six, as well mas TWO different Super Six Sum Up pages. All of the pages are my favourites, and are all included in the paid version of the Bundle.
You can of course purchase the complete Bundle at my Teachers Pay Teachers store—it is great value and you will use the pages and ideas over and over again, making it a resource that is truly worth the small investment of $10. You can purchase each Strategy separately as well for $2.50. So when you purchase the Bundle you save $5, as well as time and effort in planning. Follow the links below.
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In coming weeks, I will be posting a series on each of the Super Six in more detail, so be sure to sign up and become a follower via email—just go to the box at the top of this page and enter your details.
Until next time
Julia from Jooya