Something that may have happened in your classroom already this week is that you may have given your pupils a chunk of text to read. Whether on the board or from a book, it happens in classrooms regularly. What is best practice though? An earlier episode from 'Teaching Technique Tuesday' (catchy...Cheesy...all of the above) dealt with reading aloud in class and how to improve fluency, this week we are looking at reading for understanding. What is best practice? How should we approach texts in the classroom? Do we hand out the book, give out the page number and ask pupils to get on with it, do we give a very brief overview of the topic or do we go as far as checking for any understanding before letting them loose?