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Minds in bloom: students are learning to infer

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Making reading fun for middle school students can often be a tall order. Reading may be one of the most important skills students learn, but not every student learns to read the same way.

As young children grow increasingly immersed in digital devices, creative teachers from Liberty Middle School are proving there are plenty of great ways to get children excited about reading on their own for fun.

Take Heidi Wodjat, for example. As an AIS reading teacher, her primary goal is to make reading an easy, engaging and enjoyable experience for students.

“It’s important to me that I show my students that reading can be fun. My biggest goal is that students say they enjoy reading before they leave my classroom,” Mrs. Wodjat said.

Currently, her students are learning how to infer. When readers infer, they use their prior knowledge and textual clues to draw conclusions and form unique interpretations of text. Using clues to “read between the lines” helps a reader reach a deeper understanding.

UUsing single stripes of color to represent each ingredient, artist Dan Kenneally creates abstract paintings of well-known sandwiches which requires the viewer to draw inferences to discover which sandwich is featured.

Following this activity and using the same concept in reading, students from Mrs. Wodjat’s class are learning how to infer so that they can go below the surface details to see what is actually implied within the words of the story.


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