Leading For Literacy : Promoting Quality Education

1050 WordsJan 19, 20155 Pages
Leading for Literacy Promoting Quality Education In summary of chapter 5 Promoting Quality Education written by Joseph Murphy, I have discerned that Mr. Murphy has reviewed extensively the research conducted during the last 20 years on reading. In this chapter he discusses ways to improve reading skill and literacy based on this review of research. During his analysis he has supplied valuable information on how to evaluate literacy, how to teach literacy and the importance of having strong literacy teachers in the primary grades. (Murphy, 2004) Mr. Murphy it seems believes that the effectiveness of the teacher is of the most significance to student progress. Therefore, in order to raise the quality of reading skill and literacy we…show more content…
The rate a child makes progress is dependent on the quality of instruction and content delivery. Which again strengthens the research that states the teacher is the most important element in the classroom and has more of an effect on early literacy than approach or reading programs. (Murphy, 2004) Mr. Murphy explains that we must train our teacher to present high quality literacy instruction by reviewing and explaining two varying topics; 1) managing the learning environment and 2) delivery of academic content. Numerous elements are involved in quality instruction and the inclusion of these help to make significant gains. One of these is routine, which is thought to be essential, but a teacher must also be flexile enough to make changes that will adapt to particular situations that can occur within a classroom setting rapidly. (Murphy, 2004) Managing the Learning Environment The environment of the classrooms can either promote or negate success of the learning process. Mr. Murphy has identifies six factors that research is proving to help increase reading achievement in the pre-k -3rd grades. These factors are: 1) teacher centrality - means that a teacher supervises directly the students in order to guide and organize the reading instruction, 2) task orientation - is explained as a businesslike teacher/student relationship, where the academic task completion is the primary goal, 3) challenging and
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