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Connectors Ages 9+: Keeping in Touch
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Connectors is a groundbreaking reciprocal reading series which narrows the attainment gap through peer-to-peer learning. Children work in small independent groups, each taking short turns to be the leader as they read a book together and debate issues raised in the text.
Clear prompts represented by coloured faces show each child when it is their turn to read and lead, and how to focus the discussion to engage their team members. This exciting approach builds reading and listening skills, promotes successful teamwork and encourages every child to participate.
The Sutton Trust ranks peer tutoring as one of the most effective ways to improve achievement, with disadvantaged and low achieving pupils making particular gains. Formal classroom trials of Connectors show children’s reading age leaping forward by an average of 9.1 months in just 12 weeks. Class guided reading time is also increased by up to five times.
Keeping in Touch asks children to think about the amazing ways in which animals communicate. How can whales ‘chat’ in deep water? How do tiny insects keep track of each other in the dense forest? Their powerful senses help them keep in touch, no matter where they live.
June 1st, 2009
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