We did some research into intervention strategies we currently use and identified strategies, practices, and resources that we would like to add to our repertoire. Over the next few weeks, we will focus specifically on the target areas we have identified. If you have students who are struggling readers, the next few sessions would be great for you to attend!
Vivian and I have been having many individual conversations with teachers about supporting specific students in the development of fluent reading skills. When you find a student who struggles with reading, how should you address the need in an explicit and systematic way? We decided that rather than individually share this amazing resource 40+ times, we would send out this to reach all of you! The Florida Center for Reading Research has a wealth of evidence-based strategies and activities free for download, already prepared, with instructions and examples for use. I have used their activities in literacy centres for years and found that they enabled me to target specific needs in flexible groups without having to spend hours creating materials. If you are wondering how to identify where exactly, in the continuum of reading skills, a student begins to struggle, consider attending our next Monday Learning Exchange. We are going to be looking more closely at the basics of how reading develops and what areas need to be instructionally supported within your literacy block for struggling readers to progress. Here is one of the flowcharts we use for this if you want to give it a try on your own:
Some early learner Phonics apps