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Promoting Reading Development at All Levels

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Successful teachers provide support for students of all skill and ability levels. This lesson will provide strategies for promoting reading comprehension skills for all students and show how these strategies work in a classroom.

Reading Development for All

Lorie has a class full of students of varying reading skills and abilities. When she first started teaching, she would have used the same materials and methods to teach all her students. Now she knows that providing instruction for each student on specific ability levels increases success and learning. Using strategies that promote reading comprehension skills for students of every stage ensures all students make progress.

Educators like Lorie once thought reading development meant teaching students comprehension skills and they either got it or didn't. Now Lorie knows reading development means using strategies to help each student make progress in reading comprehension. How does this work? Let's take a look.

Determining Comprehension Needs

Before Lorie can begin giving her students instruction, she needs to first determine their needs. How does she do this? Lorie can use a few ways to figure out a student's reading level:

Screenings - Lorie can use screenings to determine a student's reading level. During these screenings, Lorie reads with the student, listens to him or her, and records reading accuracy and fluency. After the reading, she'll ask the student questions to assess comprehension. The text Lorie uses for these screenings is leveled so she can then place the student in an appropriate spot.

Teachers screen students by reading with them.
reading with students

Observations - Lorie reads and works with her students often. During these times, she watches her students closely and takes notes on what she sees. She uses these notes to assess her students' abilities to use and apply comprehension skills.

Lorie knows her students' reading levels are constantly evolving. With quality instruction, they make progress and move up to the next level. Keeping an eye on each student's reading level helps her provide quality reading strategies for all learners. She does this in three ways.

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