What’s Right With Our Schools: Magnet Summary strategy helps improve comprehension skills

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Children in Baldwin County are utilizing a new strategy to improve their critical thinking and writing skills.

“The material, it sticks a lot better when you’re working with someone,” eighth grader Katelynn Corbin says.

Magnet summary is a new teaching method at Oak Hill Middle School that is helping improve weaknesses in writing and comprehension.

Students say using this strategy makes their writing skills more effective. They’re identifying magnet words to write their summaries. Once those key words are selected, they begin rewriting the text from memory.

Students work in pairs when using the strategy. For some, it’s better to have a partner working beside them.

“When they read and you read, you actually get it instead of just reading it by yourself then you go ahead and get it,” eighth grader Chanylea Goddard adds.

Teachers and administrators say as they observe students working together, it shows them  how eager the students are to learn.

Eighth grade teacher Jan Tharpe says, “And you’ll be surprised how they can make connections with the text. And again working in groups, that really helps with writing.”

It’s a tool that school leaders say can be used in all subjects.

Principal Dr. Ramsey adds, “It’s just going to help them as they move on because if our students can read, they’ll be successful as they go on in their other classes.”

This is the first year the school has been using magnet summary. So far, they’ve seen improvements in students’ writing and comprehension skills.

Categories: Baldwin County, Local News, Special Report, What’s Right With Our Schools

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