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Principles of Good Reading Lessons

Learn the principles of good reading lessons from reading specialist Anne Glass in this Howcast video.


Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I'm a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and learning specialist, I'm also a parent and today I'm going to talk to you about topics in reading. When I teach a reading lesson to young emergent readers, my overarching goal is to make sure that they are successful, and that means that I have a very specific goal in mind and I keep my goals very manageable. I also don't keep the object of my lesson a secret. I want my student to know explicitly what we are working on. Whether its a phonic skill or a comprehension skill, or just what. We are going to make sure that we know from the start what the expectations are. I think across the board in reading instruction its really important to be explicit with our students about what the content of the lesson is and what the criteria for success are. Its also crucial to provide, as often as possible, multi-sensory methods for teaching kids early reading skills. To the extent that is possible, you should always provide opportunities for visual, kinestetic, and auditory reinforcement when you are teaching a new concept. And the final thing is that I always want my students to feel successful at the end which means if I'm asking them to read a text, I'm going to start with pre-review of every concept that they might encounter in that text. Whether they are sight words or phonics concepts, we're going to be prepared to encounter those concepts in the text and decode successfully with that information.

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