Christoper Newport University (Child Psychology)
Norfolk State University (Graduate Coursework)
Old Dominion University (MEd)
My passion for literacy education has led me from my career as a classroom teacher for 19 years to my current position as a K-12 Reading Specialist for the past four years. In supporting student reading progress, the various literacy components must be addressed. Reading assessment Determines reading level along with an understanding for weaknesses in specific reading components. This information then informs my teaching strategies and focus. For example many second and third grade students struggle with reading fluency which leads to problems with comprehension if not addressed. Ongoing targeted instruction leads to ongoing and cumulative teacher understanding which of course leads to better student progress.
As this process continues, other literacy skills come in to play. Writing and grammar skills are important pieces of student academic success. Reading response instruction as well as creative writing experience serve to build a wholistic approach to literacy instruction. Attention to all the pillars of literacy provides opportunities for imbedding many literacy skills such as grammar and vocabulary. As students improve in their literacy skills, so does their ability to reason and think critically, which in turn makes them better students in general.
My teaching experience ranges from differentiated instruction for gifted learners to targeted strategies for struggling readers.
My mantra is this, "anything worth doing out to be fun!" How can we expect students learn with boring work. I believe that teachers must make our instruction WORTHY of our students. A big part of learning is the development of our work ethic. But we must remember that this must be learned as well. This is my reading rhyme "the more we read every day, the smarter we get in every way, and when we grow up, the better the pay!" My passion for literacy education has led me from my career as a classroom teacher for 19 years to my current position as a K-12 Reading Specialist for the past four years. In supporting student reading progress, the various literacy components must be addressed. Reading assessment Determines reading level along with an understanding for
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