I was thinking about the idea of problem solving and contemplating what it really looks like to be a problem solver when in full blown reading mode. I wanted to share how the process of listening to a reader without taking snap corrective action to tell the right words actually helps them grow as the problem solving decision-maker.
Rather than tell her the word, she was prompted to go back and try again. This encouraged her to do more work and figure out the part that didn't make sense and didn't add to the story in a meaningful way. She problem-solved for meaning on her own. As teachers and parents, we should encourage students to do this more often rather than just tell them the answer. Volley through the thought process sending it back to their side of the court, helping them learn how to get it done.
Although Natalie is just a beginning reader, I clearly see how pausing and prompting for problem solving will help her to develop future skills as the books she reads become increasingly complex. How do you encourage readers to work through problems? How do you provide scaffolding without rescuing?