We have been fully immersed in making inferences in my first grade classroom over the past two weeks! It is my all time FAVORITE comprehension strategy to teach! It is also, in my opinion, the most difficult strategy to teach little ones. Drawing conclusions and making an inference involve a high level of critical thinking skills and application to prior knowledge. In order to be successful at this strategy, teachers in the primary classroom need to provide a great deal of support and scaffolding to ensure students reach success.
If you know me even a *tiny, tiny* bit as a teacher, it goes without saying that I am a HUGE believer of small group instruction and differentiation. If concepts and content are not brought to a child’s individual learning level, the child will never rise above his or her frustration. On the other hand, if a child who already has a great deal of skills is not challenged, or, if the child’s learning boundaries are not gently pushed, the child will never escape boredom.