Distance studying studying doesn’t need to be one measurement suits all

Even if we can’t see their little faces in person every day, individual knowledge about our students is still important when teaching remote reading. Our youngest students need to know that we still care deeply about them as human beings: from the student who loves pandas to the kid who moves at a snail’s pace until you turn a task into a game. We know them as readers too: the phonics patterns they master, the high frequency words they learned, and how they approach challenging text.

Even if we teach reading remotely, we must continue to provide high quality, personalized literacy classes. We need to continue to prioritize books and provide clear guidelines and attraction for students. Here are some practical tips.

Make sure children and families have access to a wide variety of books.

Still, by teaching reading remotely, we can provide pointers on which books will best suit the needs and interests of our students – like animal books for that panda enthusiast. Give families tips on how to navigate books together by sharing sample announcements or short videos for modeling. Dr. Catherine Snow is promoting reading and speaking over text with family members to encourage reading and writing skills at home.

Teach children and adults simple language in bite-sized portions.

Adults with no educational background can be most effective at assisting new readers with teachers taking away the guesswork. Don’t say, “Work on short vowels.” Say, “Remember, a briefly makes the sound / a / as in apple. Practice reading and writing these short words: sad, patting, mapping, tanning. “

Use the existing small group teaching models virtually.

In school, you group students with similar needs to give specific lessons. Extend the same model to distance learning to keep lessons personalized but manageable. Targetedly share the guide with different groups of students and their families (think high-frequency word practice, phonics lessons, or an introductory e-book that is tailored to their reading needs) using your school small group plans as a guide.

Set realistic expectations in practice. (And make it fun!)

Studying at home can be frustrating for both children and adults when they have unrealistic expectations of the mastery. Make sure everyone knows that repetition is necessary and designed to consolidate skills. Provide many simple but engaging exercise options. Activities and games help adults at home engage children without protest.

Establish feedback systems so families know where (and when) to go next.

Literacy expert Nell Duke emphasizes: “Ultimately, development-oriented teaching conveys the right content at the right time. You can give systematic and explicit phonics instructions, but if the content you are teaching does not match a student’s needs, it will not work. “Try to gather information about student performance from home, just as you would use formative assessment at school to plan your next move. Let parents and carers know when students should work independently on an assignment so their performance shows what they know. When collecting thoughts from families, ask specific questions rather than general questions. Leverage data gathered through online tutorials.

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