Best Practice

Reading and Writing

EVERY TEACHER, NO MATTER THE CONTENT AREA, MUST BE A TEACHER OF READING!!!

ALL SKILLFUL READERS MUST:

  • Monitor Their Comprehension (Keep Track of Thinking, Reread, Slow Down)
  • Visualize (Mental Pictures)
  • Connect (Make Links to Own Experiences, Events, Other Readings)
  • Question (Actively Wonder, Question the Text and Author)
  • Infer (Predict, Hypothesize, Interpret)
  • Evaluate (Determine Importance, Make Judgements)
  • Analyze (Purpose, Theme, Point of View)
  • Synthesize (Retell, Summarize)

CCSS CALLS FOR STUDENTS TO BE ACTIVE, WIDE-RANGING, AND DISCRIMINATING READERS

  • Windows (Discovering New Worlds, Times, Places) and Mirrors (Characters and Situations that Reflect Students' Real Life)
  • Leveling Texts (Different Difficulty Ratings)

QUALITIES OF BEST PRACTICE IN TEACHING READING

  1. Focus on Meaning
  2. Read Aloud
  3. Do Everything in Your Power to Get Kids to Read-- Anything and Everything!!!
  4. Surround Readers with Opportunities for Success
  5. Teach Phonics
  6. Provide Access to a Wide and Rich Array of Print
  7. Give Kids Choices
  8. Balance Challenging Text with Easy Ones
  9. Teach Reading as Thinking
  10. Model Reading
  11. Name and Teach Reading Strategies Directly
  12. Support Readers Before, During, and After Reading
  13. Help Children Use Reading as a Tool For Learning
  14. Give Kids Daily Opportunities to Talk About Reading
  15. Replace Workbooks and SKills Sheets with Authentic Activities
  16. Provide Writing Experiences at All Grade Levels
  17. Match Reading Assessment to Classroom Practice