The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

A Brain-Friendly Comprehension Strategy

A Brain Friendly Comprehension Strategy


Sometimes, you just can’t appreciate the potential of a brain-friendly strategy until you try it. Today, I tried the “Oprah Winfrey” interview to help students think more critically
about a story we read. I was honestly surprised at its effectiveness.


Setting Up


The Oprah Winfrey interview is used to increase comprehension and foster literate conversations. Its effectiveness is phenomenal. Today after
reading a story, I set several chairs in a row in front of the class.
“Oprah” sits in the first chair (that is the teacher initially). The
characters to be interviewed sit in the other chairs. Our story this
week was Dear Juno. Dear Juno is about a boy who gets a
letter from his grandmother in Korea. He figures out what the letter
says by looking for clues in pictures. For our interview, I needed a
Juno, a mother and father, and a grandmother. I asked for volunteers to
represent characters in the story, reminding them they’d need to be “in
character”.


The Interview


Once we were all settled, I began by asking several general questions. I asked my “Juno” how he knew the letter was to him, how he knew who the
letter was from, and how he felt when he saw it. Next, I asked the
“grandmother” and “parents” several questions, ending with questions
that required students to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Finally, I let the “audience” ask questions. They were remarkably well
thought out. It was clear comprehension was increasing as students who
had not been able to participate became fluent in the story. They were
highly engaged. The interview only lasted about five minutes. It was a
very effective five minutes.


Finally


This technique can be adjusted for any grade level. I highly recommend this brain-friendly strategy. I plan on using it regularly in my classroom.

Views: 103

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

Comment by Eric Arbetter on December 3, 2010 at 8:31am
Great idea. I am always looking for strategies that teachers can use to actively engage students and at higher thinking levels. Thanks.
Comment by Irene Farmer on December 2, 2010 at 9:01pm
I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to try it out on my younger (first grade students) and see how it works! Thanks for sharing!

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Kevin Johnson posted a blog post

How To Celebrate Your Graduation Differently?

Graduation is the biggest event a student lives for, the pleasure of making it through the road is above anything in the world. You may be jumping on your feet, doing random dances and your joyous screams could be heard on Mars. Yes, it is totally understandable to be that crazy and happy for such a milestone you achieved. Although, take a moment thanking…See More
2 hours ago
Profile IconYuna Buhrman, Deborah J. Oldman-Brown, Stephanie Cressman and 1 more joined The Educator's PLN
13 hours ago
Kyle Kresge joined Jill Galloway's group
Thumbnail

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

This group is for those who implement the project-based learning model or want to learn more about it.
Saturday
Kyle Kresge joined Shelly Terrell's group
Thumbnail

Edchat

Join this group to extend the discussion of edchat topics!
Saturday
Ruth Herman Wells posted discussions
Friday
Christine Hinkley updated an event

OLC Innovate 2019 at Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center

April 3, 2019 at 8am to April 5, 2019 at 5pm
At OLC Innovate, we will conduct a series of engaging hands-on sessions aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem-solving. Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore digital technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting…See More
Thursday
Profile Iconkatelyn brown and Janine Leiterman joined The Educator's PLN
Thursday
Kyle Kresge joined Child's Work's group
Thumbnail

Special Education

A group based on Special Education needs. Where teachers, parents, and caregivers can share and distribute information for the classroom and beyond. See More
Wednesday

© 2018   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service