Every classroom in the country has a couple of students who are just not making progress in reading or who’s progress is so slow that it is painful for all concerned, particularly the student. In this post I explore the possible reasons that a child might be struggling with decoding.
Engaging all students in writing can be one of the most challenging things to do in the classroom. One of the ways that you can support students and get the best out of them is by combing the 'I do, we do, you do' model with the 'Do, Talk, Record' approach.
The most important reason to teach reading and spelling at the same time is that it is just good for children's literacy development.
This week I received an email from an early career teacher: Hello, I just saw your article about not asking children to read books that they don't know how to decode. About 6 weeks ago I discovered structured literacy, and simultaneously learned that most of what I had learned about reading instruction was wrong (because… Continue reading Reader Question – What to do with all the books?
For other children, this reliance on ‘sight words’ in early reading instruction is crippling. Their brains do not magically remember the words and they are stuck on the hamster wheel of daily practice of sight words for weeks, months and sometimes even years without any progress at all.
Teaching systematic synthetic phonics and then giving children leveled texts to read is like eating vegetables for dinner and then five chocolate bars for dessert. In Part 3 of this series, learn about why we should not be giving children material to read that they do not yet know the sounds for.
Using a sequence of steps that gradually build on the one before significantly reduces the risk of cognitive overload. A sequence of teaching also allows for cumulative learning. “You are now going to deal with the material you already know, plus a little bit more”.
"For me, explicit instruction gives children confidence and helps them feel supported. I hate not having a GPS or some kind of map when I'm on a journey. Kids are no different. "
It is report time in Australia right now and tens of thousands of parents are either reading, or about to read about their child’s academic progress over the last two terms. All schools in Australia are required to grade children’s academic results on a 5 point scale. In many schools this is represented through A… Continue reading The C Grade
Every classroom has students who are reluctant writers. Today I will outline the possible causes of difficulty and how you can structure your writing lessons for maximum participation.