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– In my current classroom, 25% of my students need more time practicing foundational skills because they simply do not know how to read in 3rd grade or are EL students who need more practice. Another 70% needs more multisensory approaches to cement the skills they have but are not totally permanent as yet. The other 5% are doing well because they have mastered these skills.
– Some of my favorite strategies for teaching phonemic awareness and phonics are dance and movement.
– I will incorporate phonological awareness teaching strategies into my daily teaching by using multiple 5 minutes sessions to practice skills as a warmup or a brain break for my students.
– To ensure my teaching is multisensory I will incorporate manipulatives like magnetic letters or just letters, stand and clap/stomp it out, and that sort of physical activity that would bring whole body engagement into the learning experience.
– None at this time. I need to process all this before I have questions.
I liked what you said in your post. Like you, I do believe that when teachers understand the S.R. Rope and learn how to apply these strategies to teaching and student learning, as well as the affect decoding skills have on learners’ ability to read, we will see a rise in students’ ability to properly comprehend what they read.
Three main takeaways I have to share are:
1. “Everyone learns to read the same way.” This is huge because more often than not, educators are encouraged to teach in such a way that all students’ learning styles are reached. This approach can be frustrating at times, so the simple yet fascinating thought that learning to read is a one-way street is a relief.
2. Understanding that the success of learners/readers begin with the concept of learning letter sounds then matching them top letters and growing from there is synonymous to the steps of life – we acquire small skills to learn bigger/more complicated ones.
3. Learning how to fluidly merge explicit and systematic instruction into my lesson plans with the time I have for the reading block will be a welcome challenge.
Questions – none at this time.