Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Don McCabe Mini Lesson

A Don McCabe Mini Lesson

To make the learning easier, the readings are in paired sentences. The tutor reads a sentence (often a question) and then the student reads the next.

Set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes. Don't feel obligated to read the entire page. If you can, fine. If you read it twice in fifteen minutes, that's great. You can switch to having the student read the question and you read the answer. Model what you want the student to do: read with enthusiasm and punctuation. The voice drops down on periods and up on questions. Don't waste learning times by having your student sit and try to sound out a word. Count to two, if necessary, and then give them the word. Be sure to encourage and praise your student when they have accomplished today what they couldn't do yesterday. Give as much help as needed each time. They will learn.

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