I leave this here for you to look at and consider.
I wonder what you think…
I was part of a Twitter chat recently that was looking at way to teach/encourage reading.
Several ideas came up:
- Extreme Reading,
- Read Around the World,
- Reading Races and so on.
It reminded me of this:
I first came across the Crazy Professor Reading Game (Chris Biffle), when I was trying out some Power Teaching ideas in 2008-09.
If you haven’t come across Power Teaching it is a Elementary School teaching style from America relies heavily on Learning Styles.
(Please don’t hit me! **Ducking for cover**)
Look up Chris Biffle and Chris Rekstad.
I tried it out a few times and did have some success with it. Children certainly enjoyed it and they did want to play.
I was thinking about giving it another go.
I am not sure I would use the format used by Rekstad in the video, but I would go along with the core principles.
The 4 Stages of the Crazy Professor Game
Read your text using as much expression as is possible
Read again using lots of expression and physical gesture
Teach Your Neighbour – Summarise your reading to your partner, show you understand what you have read.
Crazy Professor vs Eager Student: The ‘professor’ gives an excitable summary, being expressive and asking the ‘student’ questions. Meanwhile, the ‘student’ listens attentively, answers the questions and encourages the ‘professor’ to give more and more feedback.
I can see how this might aid children’s comprehension skills
I can see how the use of expression and gesture might encourage enjoyment
I can see how the paired feedback and questioning would support mutual understanding of the text
I can see how this might be one way of teaching a whole class reading session.
It allows for differentiation of text to higher and lower levels
It would allow the teacher to join in and work with whichever group of children were the focus for that session.
It would quickly show those children who might need help, or are being passive.
How sustainable would playing the game be?
Could it lead to genuine and significant progress in children’s reading?
Would this just lead to children shouting out stories?
One to try in the new term perhaps.
Could be great for reading comics, including speech which might then lead to drama and performance.
I really would like your thoughts to be added to the comments section:
Pros and Cons of the Crazy Professor Game.
If it was that awesome wouldn’t we all be doing it?