Tips For Reading Teachers

One of teaching's most rewarding accomplishments is helping a child learn to read. With a little planning, you can be very successful.

Give a man food, and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he will never be hungry. This old proverb applies to teaching someone to read as well. By teaching a child to read, you give them skills to be successful in life.

The first thing you need to be an effective reading teacher is a passion for reading. How you feel about a topic comes through in the way you teach it. A child cannot afford to have a teacher that is not passionate about teaching them how to read.

When dealing with young children and teaching reading, there is always one thing I keep in mind. From birth to third grade, they are learning to read. From third grade on, they are reading to learn. If a child is not a fluent reader with adequate comprehension skills by the time they are in third grade, they will struggle the rest of their educational career. Based on this, the information you will find here is geared towards teaching a child to read in the early years.

As a reading teacher you have the best job. You don't have to worry about lunch count, parent notes or math tests. You teach reading. In order to do that effectively, there are a few things that you should do every day with your students.

READ. From birth until a child is able to read their first word you are teaching readiness skills. You should model how to hold, read and take care of books. Teach children the different parts of a book. Teach them that the pages and print in a book go from left to right. Show them how to explore books through pictures. Make up stories using picture books or closely examine the illustrations for the text you are reading. Stress and model the importance of reading something everyday. Introduce as many different genres and types of print as possible.

Every day, give your students the opportunity to explore books, magazines, newspapers, etc. on their own. This can be done very easily by providing each of your students with their own book tub. Place books in the tub that are appropriate for their level, reading material that they have chosen and one item that will be a challenge and that they will have to grow into. Once every two weeks or once a month, change the material in the tubs so the children do not become bored.

Have your students create their own books. Take a familiar story, and change it a little. Give them the first few words of a sentence, and have the children create their own ending. Take pictures that are familiar and have each student generate the text to match. Use repetitive text, and have each child change one word to make their own sentence. Then they may illustrate the sentence. Bind the books, and place them in the classroom library so the children can read them again and again.

Of course, have a classroom library. Change the books as your topic, season or month changes.

Make sure that your students comprehend what they are reading. A child may be able to read every word on a page and not be able to tell you anything about what they have just read. In this case, they are just comprehending pronunciation and not truly reading. If this happens with one of your students, move that child down to a lower reading level until their reading comprehension skills catch up.

Know what reading level all of your students are on. Assess this formally at least three times a year. Use the information from your assessments to drive your reading instruction. Conduct informal reading observations at least once a week on each child. Check for rate, accuracy, fluency and comprehension. The easiest way to do this is during their independent reading time. Keep a clipboard with a page for each child. Document the reading level and any observations you make during your time with that child.

Be flexible. Students have off-days just like adults do. Always expect the best, but be understanding when they struggle. Know matter what you think, you are making a difference.

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