Before you implement a strategy, you need to know what it is, what is the purpose, and how it can benefit your teaching and the learning abilities of your students. This is a great introductory website that clearly breaks down what reciprocal teaching is, how it is used, and it even includes a handy teaching handout.
To view this resource, you will need to create a Pinterest account but it is free, which is a word that ALL teachers love to hear. These cards are great way to tangibly organize your students if they are doing reciprocal teaching in groups. It ensures that everyone has a job to do, which is vital for the effectiveness of group work.
Even though I have presented the reciprocal teaching method as a mode for classroom management, I did want to include a resource that explains other benefits of the inclusion of this method. When I was teaching, I realized that although students knew how to read, they did not always understand or remember what they read. Improving comprehension in our students goes well beyond academic success but will impact the rest of their lives.
Just like our students have different learning styles, teachers do as well. I feel this You Tube video is a great representation of what the reciprocal teaching method looks like in action and why it would be great to at least give it a try in your own classroom to determine how well it works for you.
This is another lovely video as it shows a teacher in her classroom walking the students through the process of reciprocal teaching and all of the roles involved. What I love about this video is that the teacher is not telling them what the roles do but she is pulling this information out of the students, thus having them to actively engage in more critical and higher order thinking.