Developing Great Readers
I've just finished up another week of delivering workshops on evidence-based literacy interventions. It's always great to do something a little different, and speak with passionate educators about the best way to get students - of all ages - reading.
There's a lot of discussion around at the moment in regard to the best way to teach students to read, particularly struggling readers. It can be very tricky for teachers, as most pre-service teacher training university courses, don't provide a very comprehensive foundation in the essential skills needed for readers, and how to teach them.
Fortunately, there is a lot of good information around that educators can use, to help them make informed decisions about the best ways to teach their students the skills they need, to decode (read) words on a page, and make sense of what they're reading (comprehend).
To find out more about the science of reading, visit the Five From Five website is a good starting point for any educator, parent, or anyone interested in finding out about evidence-based practice reading instruction.
MultiLit is a company that develops reading programs to help low progress readers, as well as students in general education classrooms, learn to read. They provide professional development workshops, on how to use their programs, and implement in a school setting.
The Snow Report is a blog by Pamela Snow, (a Psychologist and Speech Pathologist), is a fantastic blog, that explains the current issues surrounding how children learn to read, and what might be preventing this from occurring.