How does PALS work?
Or, now what do I do?
What does PALS look like?
- Students are closely paired in achievement with one student slightly higher achieving than the other.
- Both students share the role of "coach" and "reader".
- The students are able to help each other and to read material that is interesting and at their ability level
PALS is Structured
- Students learn routine and responsibility.
- The teacher models appropriate behavior for the learning routines and the students practice the PALS lesson.
- Each lesson has a beginning introductory lesson to introduce all activities.
- Grades 2-6 focus on fluency and comprehension.
- Each lesson includes;
- – Partner Reading
- – Retell
- – Paragraph Shrinking
- – Prediction Relay
- Studied Kindergarten and Grades 2-6 PALS in three different sites (over 100 teachers)
- – Nashville and suburbs
- – Minneapolis and suburbs – South Texas
- Used multiple reading measures
- – Word reading: Woodcock Reading Mastery Test, Revised, Word Identification subtest
- – Passage reading: Comprehensive Reading Assessment Battery, 1-minute timed fluency
- – Reading comprehension: Iowa Test of Basic Skills
- PALS classrooms outperformed Control classrooms
Where do I go from here?
- Schools may order materials from Vanderbilt University OR
- Teachers may do what teachers do best, create their own.