Supporting Literacy for All Children

1014 WordsJun 15, 20185 Pages
There is no doubt our educational system is more complex than ever before. There is much to consider when looking at the balance between theories, proven methods, and the reasons why we chose to invest such time into our children’s education. In this paper I will touch on these theories, methods and the importance of the education. There are many theories surrounding education and what lies within our biological functions that can effect how we learn as human beings. Our book, Creating Literacy Instruction For All Students, by Thomas Gunning goes more in depth of these approaches and theories. Behaviorism is a theory that “stresses observable responses to stimuli”. This approach includes conditioning good behaviors and eliminating…show more content…
To make assessments more ‘fun’ and less of an assessment it is important to consider the students interests. For example if a student doesn’t like math and likes cars, maybe they would be more interested in a word problem that has cars as a topic. This increases motivation to learn and prove what they have learned. Reading materials can be used the same way. It may be more effective to have the student read about cars more than plants, because they actually enjoy what they are reading. Assessments should also be fair to the students reading abilities. The assessment can be discouraging and very unbeneficial if it is to hard or two easy for the student. It is most accurate and fair to the student if it is relevant to them and is presented at a level they have been reading at. Encouraging reading at home is another huge part of a successful academic achievement in reading and writing. It allows the child to read and write in all settings and challenges them to keep up with reading outside of school. It reinstalls the notion that reading can be fun. There are some really great tips for helping parents read to their child in the article, Empowering Parents to Help Children Read Like Rock Stars, by Kumar Sathy, Sathy’s main tips include: 1. Don’t worry about teaching reading. Just read., 2. Empathize with your child’s struggle while proving some basic guidance before opening the book. 3. Implement a hands-off plan of action for
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