Teaching Literacy

Simple Tips for Teaching Literacy

by Nadia Distel

There are lots of different strategies for teaching literacy, and the way you do it will largely depend on your curriculum and the age of the students you are teaching. Some hints I would give you to apply to all grade levels of the primary school include:

 Tap student's interest as much as possible. Let them read, write and speak about things that are interesting to them, and you will have greater motivation and therefore a greater effort and finished product!

 Play games as much as you can to reinforce spelling, sight words and other literacy concepts.

 Laminate all your language resources so you can use them multiple times through the year, over multiple years

 When teaching spelling, make sure you focus on the sound of the word, the shape of the word and the look of the word - that means that all learning styles are accommodated and included!

 Buddy less capable students with more capable students for support when writing

 Have a good supply of kid friendly dictionaries on hand for students to use when confronted with spelling difficulty

 Try using a 'Personal Words' list for spelling to keep your program individualized and the students interested

 Enlist the support of parents to hear students read each day

 Try to get involved in a course called 'Reading Recovery' - it will really help you when working with children who find reading difficult.

About the Author

Nadia Distel is the author of the New Teachers Kit, which can be found at http://www.newteacherskit.com. The New Teachers Kit is a downloadable, printable, editable kit of all the resources a student teacher or new graduate could ever need. It has helped thousands of graduates get that extra edge when student teaching.

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