Empowering Paraprofessionals Strategic Literacy Tutoring Strategies Fridley Public Schools January 29, 2010 Dr. Jennifer McCarty Plucker; Reading Specialist and Literacy Coordinator Eastview High School
To accelerate the literacy
development of striving readers and writers.
To develop independent, self-regulated work habits.
When working with lower achieving students, we must be careful to not create a dependency effect where students come to expect aides or paraprofessionals to prompt them or monitor their completion.
What does your student need?
Motivation and Engagement Support?
Change their Mindset
Set students up for success
Build upon Strengths
Lack of confidence can paralyze students—
Pair up with someone kind, patient, and knowledgeable. . .
Appreciative Inquiry. Capitalize on students’ strengths.
“ Describe a time when you felt most confident as a reader, writer, historian, mathematician, scientist, student, musician, etc.” Ask students to WRITE. . .striving readers will tell you more in writing (typically) than verbally. “Who do you admire as a reader, writer, student. . .Why?
Change your student’s Mindset “After seven experiments with hundreds of children, we had some of the clearest findings I’ve ever seen: Praising children’s intelligence harms their motivation and it harms their performance.” by Carol Dweck
If the student you are working with has a choice for the medium in which to present content. . consider digital tools—engagement won’t be an issue so focus can be on instruction.