What is your opinion on reading a portion of a book aloud daily to your intermediate students AND also working daily on another book the students are reading together during the same period?
I have successfully taught grades 2 thru 8 in various subject areas. I have taken time (about 5-10 minutes) to read aloud to my students during our time together each day. There are many times that I can refer back to those particular books for reference when teaching setting, plot, etc. In my 5th thru 7th grade reading classes they each have another book we are doing as a whole class. I have a team teacher and an intervention specialist who assist me with my 6th grade class. The intervention specialist feels that it confuses the IEP students to hear me read a book to them a little each day AND work on a separate book the rest of the period. I asked her how she knows that they are confused and she says "I can see it in their eyes." I am curious if you would be willing to tell me whether you feel keeping two books going (one for listening and the other for deeper reading lessons) is too much for 5th - 7th grade reading students. When I surveyed the students they said it did not confuse them.
- English Language Arts