Tips For Building Early Reading Skills Online

In this time of virtual and hybrid learning, navigating the intricacies of distance learning can be tricky, especially when it comes to phonics. Research shows that time on task with a teacher has the most impact on reading proficiency. But how do we get the most out of our limited time in front of students? Although reading instruction can be more challenging online, here are some strategies to make it work. Start With a Check-In Try to keep groups small to build and maintain strong, positive relationships while providing targeted instruction. Consider starting each lesson with a check-in to welcome
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Supporting Choice Reading for Students in Distance Learning

Several years ago, I made choice reading a top priority in my English classroom. The benefits of giving students time to read books they love are well known, and after reading Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, I began to develop effective ways to get students actually reading. I was feeling pretty confident about this part of my teaching until this past March, when I was faced with the monumental challenges that so many teachers are dealing with this year—the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge learning curve of teaching online. When I learned that
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