Inferential Strategies: A Deep Dive with Shane Saeed from Fantastically Fourth

We have an incredibly fun guest on the show today! It’s Shane Saeed and you may know her over on Instagram as Fantastically Fourth. Shane and I are chatting about all things inferring. Making inferences is something that we do all day long without even realizing it. When it comes to reading comprehension, inferring is one of those very tricky concepts for kids. Luckily Shane is giving us all sorts of strategies to take back to the classroom. These are simple ways that you can help your students grow their inferencing skills while also having a little fun!

Shane Saeed teaches 4th grade in Colorado. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Equity.

In this episode we discuss:
  • How we can help our students understand making inferences
  • The importance of building background knowledge and remembering that not everyone’s background knowledge is the same
  • How Shane uses a 3-column chart as a powerful strategy for isolating skills
  • Tying inferring into writing using the “show don’t tell” strategy

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