Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools
Australian schools constantly strive to improve the literacy outcomes of their students. Supporting literacy achievement for struggling readers is particularly important because these readers have their disadvantage compounded: capable students develop “richer” skills through continued exposure to reading, and the gap between them and struggling readers widens. The number of Australian students deemed “low performers” in reading literacy proficiency has been rising over time. Our percentage of high performers is shrinking – nearly one in five adolescents are in the low performer category. Read more: Six things you should do when reading with your kids With school about to start for the year, we should consider how we can optimise support for struggling readers. Research suggests the presence of qualified library staff in school libraries is associated with better student performance in literacy. What do they do? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. We take [it] out into the wilds. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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