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