My strategies for
teaching reading are to combine phonic instruction with classic literature.
This is one of the many areas where having more than one strategy
to teach students to read and comprehend is extremely important.
Not all students are going to learn to read through a strickly phonics
approach while others won't benefit from a complete whole language
program. The best approach is to use a combination of the
two. Another facet of my reading program is to have read aloud sessions
and a time for students to read on their own during class time. It
is vital that students have the opportunity to read what interests
them and to see reading for pleasure modeled by the teacher
The best way to
teach writing is to write! Using the "writing process", my students
will have the opportunity to write daily in a variety of styles.
It is also important to connect writing assignments to what interests
the students. There is no surer way to bore a student than to continuously
have her write about something she doesn't care about.
Reading and writing
will also be emphased throughout the curriculum by teaching students
how to read content textbooks and to write for a variety of purposes
incuding describing their thought processes in math and science.