How do children learn to read?
How should the time best be used?
All of these questions are important for teachers to consider as they prepare their classrooms across the country for this year’s new group of students.
Where should we turn to for answers?
Professional associations include International Literacy Association (ILA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and NAEYC’s Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally AppropriatePractices for Young Children, Montessori, and Marie Clay and Reading Recovery.
In preparation for the beginning of another school year, a practical article to review is Dr. Richard Allington’s 6T’s of Effective Elementary Literacy Instruction. Those 6 T’s are:
Which ones of those are priorities in your classroom? How would an observer know? How would a parent know? How will the students know?
Quality teachers, with a passion for learning, a desire to create literacy rich environments, and the ability to align instruction, assessment and curriculum know that each year brings new challenges. The summer is often spent learning, reading, writing, and studying great texts to prepare for the year. Are any of these on your list?