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Ch 14: Specialized Skills for the Reading Professional

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Each lesson in this chapter zeroes in on skills specific to the reading professional. The chapter dissects a variety of key topics through engaging lessons conducted by professional instructors who are available to answer your questions.

Specialized Skills for the Reading Professional - Chapter Summary

This chapter takes a close look at the considerations and teaching methods crucial to the position of a reading professional. The lessons in this chapter provide a thorough yet simple-to-follow breakdown of the reading specialist's role as well as the process of keeping records and making reports. In addition to common learning disorders, you can learn about the following topics:

  • Spotting early signs of reading difficulty
  • Gifted children
  • Teaching high-achieving students to read
  • Selecting and adapting materials based on student needs
  • Educational and developmental psychology
  • Multicultural literature and variations in language across several cultures
  • Research and reading instruction

The practice quizzes that go along with each lesson can be used to take stock of your understanding before moving on. Helpful, built-in options allow you to jump right back to the related portion of a lesson should you answer a question incorrectly. If you'd like to use these lessons for additional study away from your computer, they can also be printed as worksheets.

12 Lessons in Chapter 14: Specialized Skills for the Reading Professional
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The Role of the Reading Specialist

1. The Role of the Reading Specialist

You might be wondering what a reading specialist is and how s/he relates to other professionals at your school. This lesson gives you insight into this important position.

Maintaining Records & Reports as a Reading Instructor

2. Maintaining Records & Reports as a Reading Instructor

All teachers rely upon paperwork to portray the position of student learning. This lesson discusses how to use records and reports to improve your role as a reading instructor.

Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

3. Identifying Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

This lesson introduces the signs and symptoms often displayed by early elementary age students who are having difficulty with reading. Specific signs at each grade level are identified and discussed.

Learning Disorders and Disabilities: Definition, Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis

4. Learning Disorders and Disabilities: Definition, Causes, Treatment and Diagnosis

Why do some students struggle to learn? What types of learning disabilities affect students? In this lesson, we'll look closely at three common learning disorders: dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.

Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions

5. Giftedness in Children: Definition, Characteristics & Conceptions

Schools generally define giftedness as high ability, but there are other ways to define giftedness. Learn more about the definitions, characteristics and conceptions of giftedness in children and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Reading Needs & Instruction for High-Achieving Students

6. Reading Needs & Instruction for High-Achieving Students

In this lesson, we will discuss effective ways to meet the needs of high-achieving students by selecting appropriate texts, providing open-ended assignments, and differentiating instruction.

How to Select & Adapt Materials to Meet Student Needs

7. How to Select & Adapt Materials to Meet Student Needs

Many classrooms include diverse learners of differing levels, cultures, and language abilities. In this lesson, we'll examine how to select and adapt materials to help teachers differentiate, or offer support to varying student needs.

Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

8. Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

What is educational psychology? Anyone who has experienced a classroom setting has been affected by the theories and techniques that come from this subfield of psychology. Learn about the main ideas within this popular area of study and application.

Understanding Development Psychology in Literacy

9. Understanding Development Psychology in Literacy

The better we can understand our students' developmental progressions, the better equipped we will be to teach them across the content areas. This lesson helps you consider the ways that developmental psychology interacts with students' literacy.

Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

10. Multicultural Literature: Definition, Books & Importance

Multicultural literature features characters and themes from countries around the world. Writers in this genre express their ideas and values through the characters featured in their work. By examining these works in detail, you can learn how to understand them and broaden your understanding.

Variations in Language Across Cultures

11. Variations in Language Across Cultures

Language varies from culture to culture. Even within the same language, there are differences in how it is spoken. Watch this video lesson to learn some of the ways English differs in different cultures.

Applying Research to Improve Reading Instruction

12. Applying Research to Improve Reading Instruction

Reading is the most critical skill a student can master, and the importance of effective reading instruction in the classroom cannot be overstated. Let's look at what the research says and how we can implement best practices with our own students.

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