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Do Strategies Support Understanding?

This is a question that sparks discussion among researchers and teachers. For me, the strategy is a tool we offer students to improve their recall, make connections, and create new understandings. Just as carpenters and artists learn to use tools so they can create furniture or works of art, students learn strategies so they can comprehend what they read. If we teach only so students learn a strategy but not how to apply it to comprehend better, then learning is greatly diminished.
Share your thoughts on strategy instruction. For more on my take on this subject, you might want to read my book Teaching Reading in Middle School. You can find it at the Scholastic Teacher Store.
Laura Robb

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