Revisiting the Introductory Challenge

This module presented some practical methods for helping improve students’ reading. These methods contribute to a set of supportive instructional practices, which are listed in the planning template below. Aligned with the instructional plans your teacher develops, these supportive practices are very likely to help students succeed with reading.

The module, however, gave you an introduction to these practices only. There is much more to learn. And the webinar in the module suggested several approaches for learning more: doing additional reading, talking with your teacher or other reading teachers at your school, and exploring the resources available on websites. In addition, you might participate in district workshops or take a formal course on reading instruction.

The planning template below gives you an opportunity to evaluate your own level of confidence with each of the supportive practices and to identify the steps you will take in order to learn more. We encourage you to spend a few minutes completing the planning template now. We also recommend that you use it over the course of the next year to guide your efforts to increase your knowledge and skills.

Supportive Practices Planning Template

Supportive Instructional Practice

Level of Confidence

Plan for Increasing Knowledge and Skills

Communicate enthusiasm for reading

High

Moderate

Low

 
Focus on meaning

High

Moderate

Low

 

 

Select suitable reading materials

High

Moderate

Low

 

 

 

Help students expand reading vocabulary

High

Moderate

Low

 

 

Help students improve reading fluency

High

Moderate

Low

 

 

Help students improve reading comprehension

High

Moderate

Low

 

 

Help students match reading strategies to reading purposes

High

Moderate

Low