New PDF release: Learning to Teach Reading

By Dr Geoffrey R Roberts

This obtainable and functional advisor to educating youngsters to learn specializes in: the method of studying to learn and its implications for instructing; matters approximately studying to learn which all lecturers have to comprehend; and a programme of training young ones to learn.

The writer bargains with the training that's helpful, and the instructing which permits it to be completed. Now totally up to date to incorporate the latest pondering on phonics, handwriting and literacy practices within the early years lecture room, the booklet proposes a theoretical instructing version on the way to aid academics to make optimal use of the Literacy Hour.

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And then for the teacher to confront him with his response to the word tasty, and thereby expect the child to reflect more closely upon what he has read and to check the actual word which carried the miscue. In this simple instance of a single miscue the opportunity arose for teaching that encouraged reflection upon the complete text, an activity that improves comprehension (Lunzer and Gardner, 1979), and provided additionally the opportunity for instruction about word attack skills, which Francis ( 1982) and G.

When the writing is completed, the teacher types or rewrites a correct version. This is done overnight, and the next day the child reads the correct version of the text aloud to the teacher. Any words that were spelt incorrectly are then learned properly, and all the words asked for by the child are retained as a list to be revised weekly during the period of the programme. Hence, there is no escape! Interspersed with this writing, the children choose any reading books from a wide array, ask the teacher for any unrecognised words which are then written on a book marker and pronounced by the teacher and, at the end of the chapter, learned by the tracing, vocalisation and writing-without-copying routine.

Hence they are assessing the progress of the children and as a consequence they are in a position to evaluate their own teaching techniques. And if this assessment, followed by evaluation, is pursued diligently in relation to all the teaching that is done in the English Curriculum, including writing and spelling, then it is virtually inevitable that teaching standards will be raised. It is important to keep in mind when you are following the Assessment Handbook for English in the National Curriculum the argument made in this book that writing, spelling and handwriting all contribute to the development of reading skill.

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