What is Self-Correcting?

Self-correcting follows self-monitoring. The reader has used cues from the text to decode an unknown word. Immediately after reading on in the text, the reader notices a conflict among the cues. What they are reading doesn’t make sense. In self-correction, the reader goes back and coordinates additional cues to resolve the conflict and replace the incorrect first attempt with a word that does make sense. Encouraging and developing self-monitoring and self-correcting techniques is more important that stressing a highly accurate first reading.