Teaching Methods For An Educator

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The ability to read is the utmost significant factor behind a child’s educational outcome, thus for an educator to impart the skills of literacy on to a student is the most important aspect of primary school education. The art of reading is a multifaceted process that expands on spoken language, it requires the mastering of a progressive set of skills which nurture a phonemic and Phonological awareness, builds a proficiency in decoding competencies and requires the capability to implement comprehension strategies. An insight into these skills are outlined within a framework comprised of six dynamics commonly referred to as ‘the big six’. These foundation elements are essential in the reading process, and the means in which these skill sets…show more content…
Doing this helps a teacher plan learning experiences that best harmonises with the needs of the child (Winch, Johnston, March, Ljungdahl, & Holliday, 2014). It is good practise to retain these assessment results as the commencement of a running record on each child. Utilising running records enables teachers to secure a comprehensive and accurate assessment of a student’s reading ability (Department of Education and Child Development, 2012). As this assessment information follows the progression of a student’s reading development throughout their primary years it helps identify children that are struggling early in their journey (Department of Education and Child Development, 2012). Determining a student’s level of phonological awareness, does the student hear, analyse and manipulate the sounds and syllables of spoken words? Do they understand speech is a combination of separate words? Does the child distinguish the individual sounds or phenomes that form syllables? Can they identify rhyming words? Do they blend or exchange sounds to make new word combinations? These are the questions educators need to firstly find answers too and secondly teach in order to tutor children in reading (Reid Lyon, 2008). It is crucial to build upon a child’s phonemic awareness, if children struggle to isolate the sounds of spoken word, it will be difficult for them to relate these sounds to their represented letters (Fellows
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