Getting Those Student Reading Levels up to Part

Blog post 2014
Hello to educators everywhere. Like me, if you’ve taught for some time, you’ve most likely noticed the variations of reading levels within your learning environment. In most traditional settings there may have been two or three. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to have four or more. This at times can leave a teacher feeling slightly helpless in the beginning. Listed below are helpful hints that can hopefully assist educators with adjusting to this evolution.

Start student’s reading below grade level at their pace. There is nothing worse than giving a student already reading below level a book too hard or difficult to read. Provide pace level supplementary reading materials to students outside of the mandated anthology to read both in class and at home.

Try Peer Tutoring. I’ve come to find that students prefer student lead tutoring over teacher student tutoring any day.

Indentify the words that are challenging. Have students read aloud to themselves and highlight every word they have difficulty with pronouncing.

Go back to the basics. Sometimes, we just have to do just that. Even with older students I’ve come to find that phonemic awareness and decoding activities assist greatly with boosting reading levels.

Teachers, get with the program! Often, a lot of the mandatory reading done within the class room setting lacks the interest of students. Create a small area in your rooms specifically for “exciting reads.” Borrow the books from your school library if possible.

Encourage the student to do better. Most youngsters reading below level lack confidence. Remember, any and every indicator of literary growth is to be commended. Tell your students how proud you are of them. Encourage them to read and read some more. After all, one step in the right direction may get the levels up to part and where they need to be.

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