Becoming a Reflective Teacher of English

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As I reflect on my initial blog entry (see Appendix A), I realise that my understanding of literacy has developed expeditiously, from a simplistic view into a multi-faceted outlook that underpins learning throughout the curriculum. Although I had indicated an awareness of the interrelationship of speaking and listening, reading and writing (SLWR), I did not conduct in depth analysis that considers these elements specifically with the process of learning. This essay will discuss how my understanding of SLWR has evolved, and in examining the links between lectures and workshops, further reading and school based training (SBT), will reflect on how this has impacted on my development as an English teacher. Initially, I understood the value…show more content…
While discussing my reflections with the teacher, she cited the benefits of S&L strategies to develop understanding throughout the NC. This has altered my thinking as I now recognise literacy permeating the entire curriculum, and will apply literacy strategies to promote learning in other subjects. During Key Stage 2(KS2) the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn (Rose, 2006). Therefore, a solid foundation in reading will empower learners in lifelong development. During the module I have learnt how tactile resources can be used to compliment phonics programmes that equip learners with the knowledge of sounds and their visual representations required to decode, blend and segment words when learning to read. However, national expectations indicate that phonics isn’t effective for all learners. (Jolliffe & Waugh, 2007). Furthermore, Morgan et al found that children may lose motivation to read if they fail to overcome early reading difficulties (in Brien, 2012). This has led me to consider how I can prevent a widening gap in ability and confidence for these learners. The simple view of reading (SVoR) grid, which has been in use since the Rose Review, is useful when planning for support and will provide a starting point for progression in word recognition and language comprehension. Intervention and alternative approaches including, whole word recognition, flashcards, audio books and access to a wide
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