Prompting Card for helping struggling readers!
Years ago when I first learned to teach children to read, my reading specialist taught me great prompts to use when kids get stuck. It is called Pause, Prompt, and Praise and is essential for helping kids to become independent readers.
This quick reference card is a great guide for you as a teacher, parent volunteers, paraeducators, as well as for parents themselves. The card can be folded in half and laminated.
During guided reading or small group instruction, you can have this on hand when kids get stuck. We want them to productively struggle so we do not want to give them the word.
As your student is reading and they come to a word they don’t know, you need to pause and provide wait time. Let them try it.
Then you can use one or several of the prompts to help them problem solve.
As always, you want to give the reader praise by telling them what they did correctly. You want to eliminate phrases like “I love the way you…”, instead, name what they did. We want them to get to independence not relying on what we loved but building them up by stating what it is they did.
There are also phrases to stay away from as they are well-meaning, they could cause more harm than good. I used this with parents and many admitted that they repeated the very phrases that you need to be aware of not saying.
This would also be ideal for staff trainings as a refresher or for new teachers to a school or grade level.
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