Reading Philosophy I believe that all students must learn to read and write to be able to function in life. I plan on making reading an essential part of my classroom. I also plan on making writting an essential part of my classroom.I will provide ample time and just right books for each student. Reading and writing will be incorporated in all subject ares.
The Five Essential Components of Reading
The student's ability to read directly correlates with how well they do in life. The components of reading are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. These components are vital and equally important in the reading process. If one component is lacking the student will not be able to authentically read.
Five Components of Reading
Conducting Reading Aloud allows for the teacher to take a book and share it with the class. The teacher is modeling the components of reading. In this lesson I choose Squanto's Journey which integrated social studies. The students had been learning about the Peoples that were here before us. So what a great way to incorporate social studies and reading.
Read aloud lesson Plan
Conducting Shared Reading allows for students to practice fluent readers and comprehend materials better. I had the students write their own tale using the vocabulary words from their reading street lesson.
Guided Reading and Small Groups
Small Groups and Guided Reading are important to ensure that my students are getting the correct reading instruction on their level. This provides more one on one time with the students. While teaching small groups and guided reading I have taught and reinforced reading strategies and skills as re-reading, fluency, and comprehension.
Small group and whole group summaries
Assessments are very important for you to conducted on your students. Assessments will give you the individual reading level each of our students are on. Assessments in reading should be given often. Assessments help you as the classroom teacher to know exactly where your students are. Assessments should be conducted at least once a month. If time permits conduct assessments more than once a month, like every two weeks. Some assessments are running record, which is a great and fast way to assess where the student's reading level is. The QRI booklets are another great way to assess your students. Many assessmenta re out there. Here is my summary and a few of the assessments I have conducted on my intervention student.
Using Reading Programs Effectively
Reading programs can be used effectively. In order to use the reading program effectively, as a teacher I must know what level each student is on. I must incorporate books into the program that are the right level for my students. The level readers in a reading program don't meet the needs of struggling readers. I must incorporate books that are just right for the student to be reading. I will have small reading groups. I will differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of my students. I will assess the students at least twice a month. My reading groups will be small and I will move students as I feel they need to be moved. My groups will not be set in stone. I want my students to be successful.
Independent reading is key to be successful in reading. I think that the goal should be reading instead of points. I will conduct an interest survey on each student. The students are not going to want to read, if it doesn't interest them. I will conduct running records and QRI's to determine what level each student is on. I will search for books that my students are interested in. If my student picks out a book above their level, I will facilitate them in reading it. I will teach my students the skills it takes to become successful in reading.
Parents and their attitudes are education is a major role in their children's success in school. I am a parent as well, and I know parents are busy. I will send out a newsletter at the beginning of each week. I am going to call each parent at the beginning of school. And I will give each parent a call or email at least two times a month. Parents will be encouraged to come read with students, come have lunch, or just stop by. I will hold meetings that fit into my student's parents schedule. I plan on having special nights for the parents to come and see what we are learning. If I can change the way a parent feels about education, I can change a child's attitude. I want to stress how important parental involvement is. My son loves for me to come to the school. He also loves it when I help the teacher at home. There is so much parents can do without even coming to school. I make sure I keep my child's teacher in stock with the supplies she needs. It doesn't have to be money in order to help the teacher out. A parent can help with projects at home. I will send all the necessary supplies to complete the project. I am going to set up an email just for my class. I am going to have an interactive web site for my classroom. I am going to make it as easy as possible for my student's parents to become involved in their education. I am so excited to meet my students and their parents.