According to the text, an IRI is an Informal Reading Instruction assessment. It consists of passages by grade level and comprehension questions. The teacher administering the IRI assesses the child's reading level. The 3 levels include independent, instructional, or frustration level. These levels are judged based on word recognition and success in answering comprehension questions.
Independent level: A child can read the material or text at the highest level without assistance.
Instructional level: A child could benefit from instructional support at this highest level.
Frustration level: This can be any level, where a child has begun to develop frustration with or without instructional support.
IRI Assessment cont.
Strengths - Helps teachers create appropriate instruction for students. - Helps teachers identify areas for growth that needs to be addressed.
Weaknesses - To use this approach, teachers must accurately identify the reading material levels in their classroom. - Comprehension assessment depends on the quality of questions. Going based on the students reading levels, it is essential for a teacher to choose an IRI that has quality questions and suits their students' needs.
Observing Young Readers and Writers
When Young Readers Get Stuck
" It's important to prioritize prompts that children can eventually internalize and use independently. Children need to read a lot to become proficient readers, and most children will not have the luxury of having an adult with them for all of that reading."
This quote stood out to me because I believe this can relate to many other subjects as well. While student teaching, I noticed my students did better while writing when they had meaningful questions and prompt that helped guide their learning. I think this would apply to students while reading as well.
3P vs 3 cueing
In the text, 3P versus 3 cueing, it states "Good readers on the other hand try out a pronunciation, and if that doesn’t make sense, they try another one that is legal in the English language. They use meaning, or the failure to make meaning, as a signal that another pronunciation alternative should be considered." This quote makes me reflect on what strategies or steps I used in elementary school to understand a word. I would also refer to the meaning of the word rather than trying to pronounce it.