Excellent Reading Teachers

Summary

Teachers make a difference in children’s reading achievement and motivation to read. That’s why every child deserves to have an excellent teacher in her or his classroom.

Excellent reading teachers

  • Understand how literacy develops in children
  • Can assess progress and relate instruction to previous experience
  • Know a variety of ways to teach reading
  • Provide a range of materials and texts for children to read
  • Tailor instruction to individual students

Excellent reading teachers also motivate children, encourage independent learning, have high expectations for achievement, and help children who are having difficulty. They understand that reading development begins well before children enter school and continues throughout the school years—and beyond.

To ensure that children have the excellent teachers they deserve, IRA advocates that

  • Teachers must view themselves as lifelong learners
  • Administrators must be instructional leaders
  • Teacher educators must provide their students with a solid knowledge base and extensive supervised practice
  • Legislators and policymakers must understand the complex roles of the teacher
  • Parents, community members, and teachers must join in providing learners with rich opportunities to explore, practice, and develop literacy

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