Theconversation. The efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching has been debated for several decades, and has recently come back to the forefront of public debate.
This time, the focus is on the phonics check – a screening tool designed to identify early readers who may be in need of intervention, and provide some indication of how successful current phonics teaching methods are. The UK has been using the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) since 2012, and now there is a push to implement a trial of the same check in Australia. This has raised some concerns. So what’s the fuss about phonics? What is phonics? Scientific studies have repeatedly found that explicit systematic phonics instruction is the most effective way to teach children how to read.
Phonics – teaching children the sounds made by individual letter or letter groups (for example, the letter “c” makes a k sound), and teaching children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word (for example, blending the sounds k, a, t makes CAT). 15 Tips for Pulling off Independent Reading Programs - Secondary Sara. If you have any variation of independent reading in your middle or high school English class, you've undoubtedly faced challenges at some point in the experience.
Unlike the enthusiasm for reading in primary grades (think stickers, SSR, take-home bags, cute reading nooks, etc.), it's a huge accomplishment in secondary to get students to read anything, much less doing so with a stocked classroom library, fair assessments, and anything resembling enthusiasm. When many of our kids are over-committed, how do we make reading habits enjoyable, instead of just assigning tasks that just feel like more work?
Though I won't pretend to have all the answers for every reader and every type of classroom, I *can* tell you 15+ solutions that helped me teach independent reading programs over the last six years, to four grade levels and two school settings (urban and suburban/private). Why Independent Reading, Though? My Story: Starting from Nothing We built a classroom library. 6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject. As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students.
And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. MyRead – Four Resources Guideposts. The guideposts are a useful assessment tool based on how individual guides integrate the Four Roles/Resources of the Reader.
The guidepost indicators may be used to monitor student learning. However, use the guideposts flexibly. While the guideposts do cover each of the Four Roles/Resources of the Reader, teachers may choose to focus on one or two roles or fewer indicators for each role. Teachers may also find that there are other learning outcomes which they would like to focus on and which reflect the particular needs of their students. MyRead Guide – Frontloading. Jeffrey Wilhelm Monitoring and Assessment Frontloading is an assessment; Frontloading activities can be used before reading to assess student conceptual, procedural or genre knowledge that may be necessary for success on subsequent reading tasks.
Instructional activities and texts can then be monitored or revised to respond to student needs. The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text. You're sitting at your guided reading table, your little group gathered around you, wide-eyed.
Or are you the one who's wide-eyed? Sure, you know what you're doing, but maybe right now you're thinking your lesson plan doesn't fit the book like you thought it would. Or that maybe your lesson plan is just lame. Or maybe you don't have a lesson plan and are winging it (oh, come on, we've all been there). "Boy, I could really use a mini-lesson right now," you think. Books and Articles by Stephen D Krashen. Teaching Visual Literacy to Students. Super Six.
Reading Australia - Secondary. Reading Australia - Primary. Resources for educators of kids in grades 4-12. Excellent Timeline Printables and Graphic Organizers for Your Class. October 26, 2014 A few days ago, I shared with you here in EdTech and Mlearning a great source of graphic organizers where teachers can access and download printables to use in their class.
Today, I am sharing with you these excellent free Timeline graphic organizers and sequence charts to help you teach your kids sequencing and organizing ideas and events chronologically. It's Your Turn to Sequence Sequencing skills are practiced in this cooperative activity. This printable is customizable. Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing. This organizer will assist students in ordering the events of a story and understanding the concepts of beginning, middle, and end. This flowchart will help students organize many ideas and projects. Eyewitness. We Give Books. Find Your Next Book - Authors, Reviews, Recommendations, Lists. Book Recommendations (USA)
Reading Interest Inventories choice page. The Lexile® Framework for Reading. WPSU Education - Blue Ribbon Readers. A Reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales : Free Streaming : Internet Archive. <div style="padding:5px; font-size:80%; width:300px; background-color:white; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; border:1px dashed gray;"> Internet Archive's<!
Speak It! Leveled Books Database - Resources for Leveling Books. The Solution to Reading Comprehension. Read it! Loved it! Boys. The Dreaming - Aboriginal Nations Australia. The Story Museum - 1001 stories from around the world. Leveled Books Database - Resources for Leveling Books. Readability-Score.com - Free Online Readability Calculator - Flesch Kincaid, Gunning Fog and more ... Neil Gaiman lecture in full: Reading and obligation. On 14 October 2013 Neil Gaiman gave our second annual lecture at the Barbican Centre, London.
The following us a full transcript of the lecture. It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of member's interests, of a sort. Websites that Help Make Reading Fun. Understand what you read. 38 Perfect Books To Read Aloud With Kids. Interactive Literacy. Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Mrs B, the students and staff of My School, in My Town, Australia, welcome you to our literature-based reading and language site. Classroom Strategies.
Classroom Strategies Download a Graphic Organizer Word Doc (107 KB)PDF (89 KB) Background The Frayer Model is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer for vocabulary building. TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE STUDENTS BLOG ABOUT THEIR READING EXPERIENCES by Russ Anderson. About a year and a half ago, a few of my colleagues and I had our students begin blogging about their independent reading. Some students finished four posts a year.
Some students finished ten. Some more. Below are my top ten takeaways from our students’ blogging experience. Eight Steps to Successful Classroom Readers Theater. Contributed by Dana Truby Readers Theater is a great way to enrich your students’ reading practice and bring joy to reading class at the same time! Performing plays engages students and helps gets them excited about reading and theater. At the same time, it builds valuable skills, increasing comprehension and fluency. Why Older Readers Should Read Picture Books. 3 Great Strategies to Help you Read Faster. Reading is an essential skill on par with other literacy skills.It is a way of expanding one's learning repertoire.
Some think that with the advance of digital technology and its encroachment into every aspect of our life, reading will be backgrounded in favor of watching or viewing ( visual stimulus ).On the face of it it looks like this is the case, people tend to favor watching a video tutorial rather than reading a textual one or reading a guide. www.textivate.com. Literacy Resources For Librarians. National Geographic Young Explorer (Student Magazine) - October 2012. Books R4 Teens. Resources for educators of kids in grades 4-12. Read With Me eBooks. 103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading.
Wide reading program middle years. English: Classic Films. English: Wide Reading Sites. English: Literature Reading List. The Picture Book Teacher's Edition. Authorama - Public Domain Books. Lory's Page: One Minute Readings.