Student survey
A student survey

Students Reflect

Reciprocal Teaching has helped me a lot through the term. I’ve never done reading in a group before so it was fun being the teacher, helping others out and not the teacher always being the teacher.

I really enjoy Reciprocal Teaching because it helps me work with a group and I can predict and summarise without help. Now I am confident and I have a really loud voice and it’s making reading easier for me to understand the text.

Now I know more words and what they mean.

I’ve learnt how to ask inferential questions.

I need more help in being confident and summarising.

Life Skills

I used ‘summarising’ after watching the TV news.

I used ‘prediction’ at the end of a cool movie.

At the 3-way-conferences, parents told their teacher that their daughter and son (in another class) were using Reciprocal Teaching together at home when reading with their younger brother.

A westie kid

I used Reciprocal Teaching for my interview. I made up some thoughtful ‘questions’ and a ‘summary’ about me. Then, during the interview I was confident enough to use ‘clarifying’ when I didn’t understand something the principal said. At the end I checked out if they could ‘predict’ what may happen next. And, wow, Reciprocal Teaching worked for me. I got accepted into my first choice school.

A working Kiwi in London

I used Reciprocal Teaching to stay focussed on learning British law at all hours of the night for my new job. I’d read a chunk and then ‘clarify’ anything I didn’t understand, make up ‘questions’ I might get asked in court the next day, ‘summarise’ the main themes, and ‘predict’ what else I needed to know, before studying further.

What High School teachers are saying

Oranga School teachers
Oranga School teachers

It’s like gold

It touches so many bases so quickly

The BEST of the BES

buildup students - at the top of the cliff, not…

at the right times in people’s lives, when you can get buy in

intensives ideally each year for all year 9 students

What High School leaders are saying

Principal of one of our largest secondary schools

We definitely would like to be involved further in 2017 because of significant progress within our junior school in 2015, 2016

Senior secondary school leader

When each teacher builds in the elements into all their classes, the overall effect is much more than just the accelerated learning of the targeted classes

What Diana Peri, Principal of Oranga School, is saying

At Oranga, five Year 4 to 6 classes and their teachers participated in a BES research project with Julia Westera mid-2014.

The updated Reciprocal Teaching method has many benefits for children and for teachers. For teachers, the evidence-based programme provides in-depth, responsive strategies that foster deep thinking, problem solving and self-management.

While this has been used primarily for the teaching of reading at Oranga School, the potential for using the strategies in other learning areas has been recognised.

Students at Oranga School responded with enthusiasm and accelerated progress. They reported a greater sense of self-confidence and agency, and enjoyment in their learning.