I've been an educator for 37 years, serving as a classroom teacher and elementary school principal. My expertise as a Reading Recovery Teacher is used during tutoring to deliver a totally individualized reading and writing program for struggling primary grade students. Leveled reading books are used based on diagnostic tests at the beginning of the program, as well as daily checks of progress. A variety of materials are used to supplement paper and pencil instruction such as magnetic letters, whiteboards, salt trays and electronic aides. Students are expected to practice reading the leveled books at home and complete the writing lesson of the day with an illustration. The success of Reading Recovery is known internationally, having started in New Zealand which has the highest literacy rate in the world. Students under my care have always become successful, proficient readers and writers working on grade level in their classrooms.
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