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FUN FRIDAY: Radio reading

March 16, 2012

Give your students a microphone and let them pretend to be a broadcaster while reading at their next small group reading center. Miss Kindergarten uses “Radio Reading” to transform reluctant readers into enthusiastic announcers. Your students can build fluency unintentionally, as they entertain their peers with a “show”.

This technique can be especially helpful for students with autism and related needs as those students may feel anxiety when they need to communicate directly. Indirect communication (e.g. communicating as a “character”, using props) can often help a student relax and perform more successfully.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2012 7:38 am

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I have been following Differentiation Daily for several weeks now and have been impressed with two things – 1. how you find practical ideas out there and share them, and 2. how many teachers are taking the time to blog about ideas and activities that work.

    A teacher I worked with some time ago used a real stand-up mike from Fisher-Price during Sharing Time. It gave the sharer confidence and helped the listeners hear the students who were particularly quiet of voice.

  2. March 16, 2012 10:22 am

    Thanks for the comment. I too am impressed with the number of teacher-bloggers out there and the quality of their sites!

    And thanks for stand-up mike idea– really fun! I think I need to get one 😉

  3. March 17, 2012 1:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing my idea!! 🙂


  4. April 11, 2012 11:19 am

    Do you have a button that I can add to my blog that links back to this post?

    • April 17, 2012 9:29 pm

      At this point we don’t have one, but we should probably look into it! Thanks for asking!

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