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UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PREDICTING IN LEARNING

Do you know good readers use predictions all the time,often unconsciously because it just comes as a natural part of what they have learned to do? Poor readers, however, do not use predictions when they read or do not use them effectively. You can learn to teach all children and adolescents how to predict and how to use prediction as an essential learning strategy. Let’s begin by examining how three teachers currently use prediction in their classrooms. As you read each classroom vignette, think about how teachers engage students in predicting and how, if at all, these predictions facilitate students’ learning.

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