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
  • Individualization
  • 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.