The Importance Of Learning On Reading

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Learning to read is a fun and engaging time period for children, however it can also be very complicated for them to pick up on. As children get to the age where they are developmentally ready to begin reading, they must begin with the basics. This is not something that they can learn with one sitting. Some children will pick up reading quicker than others. It is important to remember that children learn differently and excel at different rates. Just because a student who is developmentally ready to learn how to read, doesn’t mean that they will start reading the third week of practicing the basics, however, that also doesn’t mean that they will never learn. It could be a cue that the teacher needs to try a new method for the specific child. …show more content…
An activity that I found myself to be useful when I was student teaching was allowing the student’s to create their very own “word blocker”. This was a small piece of paper that in a way resembled a bookmark. The students all personalized their own and had it handy all throughout the day while they were reading. They used this word blocker to block off letters in a word, so they could sound out words one syllable at a time. Once they got to the end of the word, they would go back without the word blocker and put all of the sounds together, at a faster pace until they figured out the word. During this time, the student’s eyes are constantly focusing on the words and letters, allowing them to visualize and become familiar with the way that it looks, sounds, and the word after they completely put it together at the end. The students that I used this method with not only really enjoyed creating their own tool for reading, but it helped them to get a better understanding of the sounds that come together and create the words that they are reading. It also prevented them from trying to read too …show more content…
“In a Success for All title one school, I discovered that many children were also reading below the grade level. Over 85% of the school population was diverse” (Rickford). As a teacher, this is big red flags that the teachers need to find new methods for teaching reading that not only engages the students, but teaches to their diverse needs! This should be a fun experience and major stepping stone for them. Even though they more than likely will not succeed the first time around, it is important that we are positive and encouraging. If negativity arises, this could cause the student to develop a sense of a failure and then they will not be as successful. My personal motto when it comes to helping students learn to read or even enhance their level of reading, is that it is never the child. It is my method of teaching the information that is not working for the child. This gives me more of a reason to focus on the needs of the specific child and come up with methods that fits them and grabs their eye, making it fun for everyone! In the teaching principles of reading article, the author gives six steps used for deep teaching of reading; student engagement, learner participation, repetition and reinforcement, high expectations, sound pedagogy, and conceptual understanding (Rickford). I personally never knew there were steps for teaching reading and these steps may just be the author’s steps,

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