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Hilton was happy with one response. He didn’t drag it out and look for multiple contributions. That’s all that it needs to be because this is just a bridge to the next page. However, there wasn’t much passion (energy or voice variation) being mustered here and consequently no visible enthusiasm from the rest of the group about reading on.
That’s better. Quick and efficient. Following the LO exactly (initial sound and final sound).
The only point would be the prompt – “Say the first sound” is a much more explicit, direct
prompt than “What’s the first sound?”
Hilton didn’t read along with the students so he had the head space to really tune in to the decoding. No one was significantly dominating the reading so everyone was getting a good shot at practising their decoding. The pace of reading felt quite good (no one was finding it ‘hard’). However, there were no slight pauses suggesting the desired decoding challenge and they were able to read the text well despite some weak front-loading. They may be ready to move up a level.
“What had Uncle Timmy been doing?” Not a right there question. As a result not everyone could answer the question. It took three attempts and rephrasing the question to get a response. This is not the desired result.
Better questions would have been “Where was Uncle Timmy walking?” – Along the beach.
“How was Uncle Timmy feeling?” – He was feeling tired. Another 5 out of 10!
A good start with ‘walking down the beach” and “Uncle Timmy”. A nice deflection of the extra detail in the picture “he’s going fishing”. Didn’t say the word “fishing” so didn’t reinforce it for the readers because it doesn’t appear in the text. However, all downhill from here on. Got drawn into talking about “bananas”, “knives” and “swords” all of which are not mentioned. Missed “he was very tired.” Sorry Hilton that’s only 5 out of 10.
Hilton isn’t very good at doing Convince Me. He keeps jumping in and supporting the readers when they need to be given a chance to work it out for themselves.
Hilton doesn’t maintain the role of the judge particularly well. The students Note that the unpacking of “……” is not quite right but Hilton makes the decision to let it go because to pursue this would be uneconomical.