Dedicated to Literacy
Being able to read is a necessary skill that many young children struggle with. For more than ten years, Rene Schillinger has been helping schools improve their literacy instruction through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Below are some common features of effective elementary literacy instruction.
For children to improve their literacy, they need to practice. The more time they spend on reading and writing in the classroom, the more proficient students will become. Extensive practice of these skills provides students the opportunity to consolidate the skills and strategy being developed.
If children are required to read a lot throughout the day, they need to have a wide variety of books that they can read. In order for kids to become independent, proficient readers, they need to have enormous quantities of materials to utilize.
Teachers must routinely offer direct, explicit demonstrations of the cognitive strategies good readers use when they read. It is not enough to simply assign material and assess student’s progress. Teachers need to participate in active instruction.
The use of longer assignments and a reduced emphasis on filling the day with multiple, shorter tasks can help students be more engaged throughout the day. Longer assignments tend to be more substantive, more challenging, and often require more self-regulation.
Enhancing reading proficiency relies on teachers being able to provide expert, exemplary reading instruction. Rene Schillinger dedicates his days to helping teachers improve their literacy instruction by providing them with best practices related to the teaching of literacy.