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By Reading Horizons Director of Teacher Training, Shantell Berrett
The New Year brings with it the opportunity to reflect back on the previous year and to look at what went well and what we hope to do differently in the coming year. For many of us, it is easy to get caught up in the negative thought pattern that things can’t really change. We may have experienced a hope for change and may have made efforts to change something only to have it not “stick.” While every effort for positive change is beneficial, we may have the best intentions but may not have the best resources for effective and lasting change.
When I was teaching English to 8th graders, I remember the strong desire to call in sick on the day I had to teach concepts like adding inflectional suffixes or the pronunciations and spellings when using y as a vowel. There was no structure or systematic way to present the information. It felt like I was given a bucket of information that I just dumped in front of my students for them to sort through and pick and choose what they could understand and use.
However, as I have learned and trained teachers in the Reading Horizons methodology, I have learned:
The way a concept is instructed and practiced determines whether it creates an effective and sustainable habit. (Tweet!)
Here are some videos highlighting specific processes taught in the Reading Horizons methodology that help struggling readers receive the instruction and practice that allow them to develop positive reading habits:
The Process of Dictation
Crucial Steps in the Process of Teaching Struggling Readers
Five Phonetic Skills
Two Decoding Skills
Reading Horizons is a proven resource that produces effective and lasting change for both teachers and students. The strategies that teachers learn in the Reading Horizons methodology will change the way they teach reading. Teachers gain an understanding of the structure of English that empowers them to teach numerous aspects of language arts.
teaching habits, teaching reading, struggling readers, teachers 2013, decoding strategies, professional development for teachers
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