State of the Art
Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning
Table of Contents
This booklet is organized into 10 interrelated ideas for transforming
the teaching and learning of reading. For ease of discussion, these ideas are
both presented separately and built one upon the other, as are the illustrations
that accompany them.
- 1. Children, when reading, construct their own meaning.
- 2. Effective reading instruction can develop engaged readers who are knowledgeable, strategic, motivated, and socially interactive.
- 3. Phonemic awareness, a precursor to competency in identifying words, is one of the best predictors of later success in reading.
- 4. Modeling is an important form of classroom support for literacy learning.
- 5. Storybook reading, done in the context of sharing experiences, ideas, and opinions, is a highly demanding mental activity for children.
- 6. Responding to literature helps students construct their own meaning which may not always be the same for all readers.
- 7. Children who engage in daily discussions about what they read are more likely to become critical readers and learners.
- 8. Expert readers have strategies that they use to construct meaning before, during, and after reading.
- 9. Children's reading and writing abilities develop together.
- 10. The most valuable form of reading assessment reflects our current understanding about the reading process and simulates authentic reading tasks.
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