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Conceptual framework for assessment probes
General Outcome Measure (GOM) rather than a Mastery Measure
GOM means that progress is linear over time and the measure is sensitive to small increments in performance. The monitoring is always on a goal reading passage – not instructional level.
Efficient and simple to administer and score
Provides valid and reliable information on reading proficiency
An individual student progress summary provides both a numerical and pictorial display of student performance on one measure across a year(s) in relation to the established goal.
One student’s Oral Reading Fluency Progress Across Years
The vertical axis is labeled with the range of student scores.
The horizontal axis is labeled with the number of instructional weeks.
Letter Name Knowledge: naming random list of upper and lower case letters in one minute. Total of 100 letters.
Phoneme Segmentation: This measure is more challenging and asks children to count the number of sounds and then make the sounds. It can be difficult and it is possible that a poor performance is not due to poor phonological sensitivity but to poor working memory.
Why is this task considered important?
Phonological processing is key to success in reading. Children need to know the sounds in words so that they are able to map the sounds/phonemes to letters/graphemes and can acquire the alphabetic principle.
There are developmental phases of phonological awareness.
Phoneme segmentation as well as phoneme blending are predictive of reading success.
Slide developed by Linda Farrell
Really Great Reading Company
We know that phonemic awareness is the highest level of the phonological awareness skills.
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Slide developed by Linda Farrell
Really Great Reading Company
When children have difficulty with phonemes, we need to “back up” along the phonological continuum.
What does a student’s performance on this measure tell us?
If a child is sounding out each word, letter by letter, then they have not developed automaticity in word recognition, a necessary skill for fluent reading.
A child needs to see a word from 4-10 times and recognize it accurately before it can become automatic. Children need to read words they are learning many times in context and practicing reading words in isolation is sometimes very helpful.
If a child is not able to sound out words successfully, they need to learn basic phonics skills, followed by more advanced word study.
Children read a list of pseudowords/non words. Why do we ask them to do this?
It is the only way to know how they decode words. If we ask them to read real words, they may have memorized many and we cannot know if they understand the sound/symbol (phoneme/grapheme)relationship. We must ask them to read nonwords so that we can see whether they understand how speech to print works.
Students are asked to read connected text aloud for 60 seconds.
Why is reading connected text fluently important?
Why does rate and accuracy matter when reading aloud?
Students are asked a series of questions about what they read to make sure they are not just saying words without understanding what they are reading.
This task involves reading a short passage to a student aloud and then asking questions about the passage to find out whether the student understood what was read to him/her.
Why is this important? Consider the simple view of reading:
decoding X listening comprehension = reading
The student is asked to listen to a short sentence that is read aloud and is asked to write the sentence. The sentence is repeated two more times more slowly.
What skills does this task address?
Working memory, spelling skills, phonological/orthographic memory
Five key components of reading
All are important and they are NOT a sequence of instruction.
Children need to learn:
letter names and sounds to automaticity
decoding Skills to automaticity
vocabulary and comprehension skills
Playing with the sounds of language.
Teaching PA in the dark!
Sounds in children’s names
Changing the first sound in a name or adding a sound at the end
Counting sounds in names
Hearing a word segmented into phonemes and blending it
Listening to a word and saying the sounds
Pushing a marker into a box for each sound in a word
From Florida Center on Reading Research: Student Activities - Phonics
Scope and sequence of teaching children how to decode:
Teaching letter names and sounds: Early on, children need to pay attention to the location of the letter in a word as well as its sound
Poor readers often get the initial letter in a word, but do not do well with the medial or final letters. So they must be taught to attend to every letter in a word.
Large letter cards
Letter tiles and magnetic board
Begin with /m/ sound and talk about the sound in several words.
Move to print and show children how the sound /m/ is represented by the letter ‘m’.
Discriminate among words that begin with ‘m’ and those that begin with other letters.
Present an example of a word with the ‘m’ in the final position.
Discriminate among words that end with ‘m’ and words that end in other letters.
Teaching children to decode to automaticity: every word becomes a sight word.
Building decoding skills so that children recognize spelling patterns in words.
Practice reading the word patterns taught in connected text.
Reading with a model for guided oral repeated reading to build fluency.
Never begin with a dictionary definition.
Always explain a word in student-friendly terms. Create a definition that a child would understand.
Example: cinnamon: (American Heritage Dictionary) The aromatic reddish or yellowish-brown bark of certain tropical Asian trees, dried and often ground for use as a spice. (!!!)
Select Tier 2 words to teach. Words that are important for children to understand – not rare and unusual words that they will not see often.
Teaching narrative story structure
Story maps with topic/title in a circle on the middle of the page, and subtopics in surrounding circles.
Teaching text structure: for example, main idea, compare-contrast, classification. How is the text organized?
Focus on Before, During, and After reading
What are some phonological awareness activities that can be taught to a whole class?
What are some approaches to teaching decoding skills?
What are some strategies to help children build fluency in reading connected text?
What are some effective ways to teach children vocabulary?
What are effective ways to teach comprehension skills?
Linking data to instruction
How to decide what to teach
When to consider grouping children (who will teach groups?)
How do you know when they have mastered a skill?
A PROGRAM NOW BEING PILOTED IN NIGER AND MALI
Systematic Method for Reading Success
Children in developing countries have UNACCEPTABLE LITERACY LEVELS!!
Being denied an opportunity to learn to read and write in their native languages is oppressive
Teachers in these countries have little training in how to teach literacy
Teachers need a guaranteed method for teaching literacy
is to introduce them through a systematic program…..
that begins with phonemic awareness, then the slow introduction of one or two letter-sound combinations and one or two sight words that students will be able to practice enough so that when they come to a story containing the sounds and words, they will know how to read them.
Then multi-syllabic words and stories
With an emphasis on comprehension.
is through successful practice every day…from Day 1
Students gradually build up knowledge of letter names, sounds, blending sounds into words, recognizing sight words, so that they NEVER fail when learning to read.
At the end of the systematic program(approximately 75 lessons, depending on the native language patterns), they are competent enough to read any materials.
di ka di e ni ne ye. learn quickly
ye di da yan.
e ni ne ye di ye.
e ni ne .
Proper materials development
Proper training and commitment of supervisors
Proper training of teachers
Close monitoring of teachers
Mastery test every 10 lessons (to know where every student is and what’s needed)
Celebrations of success!
A simple program that would work in every developing literacy country…….if
You had an agreement with your ministry to pilot it
You had supervisors to support the teachers in the beginning
You had a strong management team
And a deep belief that all students deserve to be literate.