Best Practice Weekly’s website recently posted a video that explained findings from an article by a Florida State University professor published in Better Evidence-Based Education. The research reinforces the notion that the earlier interventions are made with struggling readers, the better the chances are that weaknesses can be overcome.
The video suggested research-based practices for teachers and “outside help”:
Teachers should deliver a balanced core literacy program that includes all of the following:
- Phonics Instruction
- Comprehension Work
- Small Group Work
- Regular Monitoring of Student Progress
- Flexible Grouping to Address Deficiencies
“Outside Help” includes parents, volunteers, and aides who need to be aware of the following:
- Must Be Trained in How to Help Students
- Should Provide Interventions That Are Aligned with Classroom Instruction
- Should Emphasize Phonics
- Have Students Re-Read Engaging Books (not introduce new books)
- Maintain Records to Help Monitor Student Progress
- Provide Adequate Time for Interventions
See the Best Practice’s link to access the Companion Teacher Planning Guide and other pertinent materials.