I have really enjoyed focusing on vocabulary acquisition while reading shorter (often more meatier) passages in our small group sessions. I have come to realise that over the past few years such an emphasis was put on our students not being able to inference, but I found myself wondering throughout this year whether or not it is actually the ability to inference or the ability to understand the vocabulary in the question enough to know what it is asking. I'm not saying an emphasis on inferencing isn't important because I believe that students should know the difference between recognising questions that relay solely on the text and questions that require you to apply your own knowledge. However, I believe that often our kids have had a gap in vocabulary knowledge and in order to fix this their self-efficacy when answering questions was affected.
I am left already thinking about next year and how my Inquiry this year will effect my focus for 2020. I have learnt so much this year about my own teaching and I look forward to thinking about 2020 as I reflect further on my practice from 2019.