Some Ideas from the When Readers Struggle Institute

by Diane Powell

Thoughts from today’s opening session for the When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, Grades K-3 Institute:

TEACHING MATTERS!

Programs aren’t what will make the difference… thoughtful teachers and their expertise will. What that will call for is:

* teachers being knowledgeable about their readers, the reading process and how one learns to read
* teachers being knowledgeable about texts as well as considering the supports and challenges when they think about the readers
* what teachers observe – the behaviors and understandings teachers discover as they listen to children read orally or engage children in talking and writing about their reading
* the data teachers gather and how that information will inform their next teaching moves

It’s all about the teaching and it’s our job NOT to allow children to struggle!

2 thoughts on “Some Ideas from the When Readers Struggle Institute

  1. Wonderful words Diane. All teachers should live by them, specially the last sentence. Think I might cross-stitch that one!

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