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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of November 4th

posted Nov 4, 2018, 6:49 PM by Courtney Richardson
Take time to understand the reading process – it’s essential! Reading is a process of constructing meaning not just sounding out words.
I was a classroom teacher and a reading specialist for many years before I truly understood the reading process. My training as a RRTL changed my work with students. 
- It taught me how to carefully observe children and how to analyze their reading behaviors. 
- This helped me select prompts and teaching points that helped my students be better readers. 
- The first step in understanding the reading process is to learn how to take running records. 
- The second and even more important step is to learn how to analyze running records. By analyzing student errors, partially-correct responses, self-corrections, and other strategic actions, you get a window into a child’s processing system. 
- Then you will know how to prompt and what strategic action to teach.
- Grab every opportunity available to you so you can deepen your understanding of the reading process.