A Reading Specialist Essay

1669 Words Oct 6th, 2014 7 Pages
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson. This quote leads me into my opinions on the roles of a reading specialist. Reading specialists, if used correctly within a school can hold a powerful role in enriching teachers and students literacy capabilities. The quote by Robert Louis Stevenson made me think about how it is important for a reading specialist or classroom teacher to be patient with each day, each lesson, and each activity. If you focus on embedding the information or planting seeds in this instance you will have an amazing, plentiful, harvest. If you focus on the harvest or the end picture you will lose sight of the small important details and you will have an inadequate harvest. If I was a reading specialist I would use this quote in a professional development for teachers see the big picture but realize the importance of each moment and lesson that you spend with the child and make that instant worth it. Those small opportunities and the nurturing of the student will help them get to where they need to be in their literacy skills. I believe that it is important for schools to have a reading specialist or literacy coach as part of the faculty. Studies have shown that having a coach in a school working closely with a teacher to offer strategies and effective assessments is beneficial to students, especially those students who are struggling readers. Researchers found that students of…

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