How to Effectively Teach Reading
The 7 Pillars of Effective Reading
1. Teacher Knowledge
2. Classroom Assessment
3. Evidence-Based Teaching Practices
- Classroom Management - The organization and supervision of the classroom to maximize learning
- Teaching Instructional Essentials - Oral language development, sight word recognition, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing/spelling, etc.
- Designing Highly Interactive Classroom Environments - Treating classroom walls as a creative palette for aesthetically pleasing but also instructionally useful displays
- Supporting Reading with Evidence Based Techniques - Providing support using techniques and practices that have proven to work in the past
5. Motivation and Engagement
6. Technology and New Literacies
McKenna and colleagues recommend the use of new technology for a variety of purposes, from crafting multimedia reports to presenting sight world lessons to first-grade students.
New literacies extend the teacher by offering students technologically driven practice of reading skills, concepts, and strategies via CD, DVD, and online media and "virtual" teachers. Reading teachers today will need to learn how to use and seamlessly integrate NLs into their daily reading and writing instruction.
7. Family and Community Connections
Teachers who can reach out to parents and homes are vital to young children's progress in learning to read successfully.