Asked • 08/28/19

What are the keys to teaching struggling readers?

Struggling readers need systematic, direct instruction in the area of phonics. Phonemic awareness is imperative for developing highly skilled fluent readers. Early intervention is essential for eradicating reading difficulties.

James F.

To me, the most important thing to consider when working with struggling readers is keeping positive motivation. Being discouraged and intimidated to read is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. If a student is reading at too difficult of a reading level, every time they see a word that they can't break down, they get discouraged. However, on the other side it is unlikely that the text being read is too simple. Even the most basic comic book will include some words that "don't play fair" and any multi-syllabic practice is beneficial. Help your student choose a book that helps them to unlock a love of reading.


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Jayne K.

The lesson begins with specific skills depending on the age and level of the student. For youngest students they begin with the history of language,alphabet skills,reading decks,spelling decks, new learning, instant words and reading practice, handwriting,phonological awareness, spelling practice, verbal or written practice, and listening comprehension.For older students, they work on dictionary and grammar,reading decks,new learning,fluency,reading practice, reading comprehension or vocabulary, spelling decks,spelling practice,written expression, listening comprehension.


Ann G. answered • 07/15/20

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Reading Specialist/Orton Gillingham Certified 10 + Years Teaching

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