“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”William Arthur Ward
Few teachers in international schools have all the knowledge they need to teach reading and writing in a differentiated classroom…
For example… A commonly used reading methodology in reading is Round Robin Reading & yet it is not a valid methodology: Source: Michael F. Optiz and Timothy V. Rasinski
For example… Teachers often assume students know how to write appropriate genres…
For example… Teachers often think they are teachingcomprehension when they are actually testing it…
Kids need to read a lot (1988 Wilson & Fielding) • Kids need books they can read • Kids need to learn to read fluently
“Kids need to develop thoughtful literacy” Source: “What Really Matters for Struggling Readers” Richard Allington
For example… A commonly used methodology with children with difficulties in reading is to teach children to sound out words… “Children need to learn to read fluently”[Allington et al.]
The struggling readers are: • More likely to be reading material that is too difficult for them • More likely to be asked to read aloud • More likely to be interrupted when they miscall a word • More likely to be interrupted more quickly • More likely to pause and wait for a teacher to prompt • More likely to be told to sound out a word
While better readers are: • More likely to be reading material of appropriate difficulty • More likely to be asked to read silently • More likely to be expected to self-monitor and self-correct • More likely to be interrupted only after a wait period or at the end of a sentence • More likely to be asked to reread or cross-check when interrupted
The Balanced Literacy Program:provides training to ensure teachers are experts in teaching literacy.
Brian Cambourne’s research shows that the most effective method for improving student learning outcomes is though providing quality professional development.
Balanced Literacy The Balanced Literacy Program is custom designed to meet the specific professional development needs of individual schools.
The company has been operating since 1999 in the United States and Australia.
Genre Narrative Exposition Reports Procedure Recount Explanation
Reading • Shared reading • Guided reading • Literature circles • Language experience • Learning centres • Independent reading
Assessment in reading, writing & spelling • Running records &analysis • Observation Survey – Marie Clay • Phonological awareness • Writing analysis • Strategies with struggling readers & writer
Early Childhood • Developing sound, letter, word knowledge • Developing comprehension strategies with young children • Engineering writing activities to engage all children • Oral language as a spring-board for developing reading and writing • Gain insights into talking to parents about children’s literacy development • Gain an understanding of literacy expectations from birth to 5 year olds
Parent workshops • Helping your child with reading • Helping your child with writing • Helping your child with spelling • Helping when your child struggles with reading and writing
Training Training can be provided through: • Whole school workshops
Training • Coaching and demonstration programs
The Balanced Literacy Program is effective because: • We tailor instruction to meet the individual needs of teachers • We build relationships with teacher • We practice what we preach
“The person who can make hard things easy is the educator.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Costs • The program would be tailored to suit the needs of the school • Cost per day for a consultant is $1800 USD + expenses • This equates to $60USD per person
Example Budget 1 • Two days training • $3600 USD + expenses
Example Budget 2 • One day of training • One after-school training session • ½ day training with Upper Primary teachers • ½ day training with Middle Primary teachers • ½ day training with Junior Primary Teachers • two days of coaching and demonstration lessons • $9000 USD + expenses
Barriers • We don’t know what we don’t know • Cost • Transient teacher population • Availability of substitute teachers • Integrated curriculum
School Outcomes: • Increased literacy skills • Increased student confidence and self-esteem • Satisfied/happy parent body • Improved teacher methodology • Increased teacher self-esteem and confidence • Greater retention rate of teachers
Margaret Menner Advance Teacher Training Ph: 8354 0801 Fax: 8354 0260 Mobile: 043 976 8163 firstname.lastname@example.org www.advanceteachertraining.com.au