Multiple Reading and Literacy Courses
In the literacy courses I teach, students are exposed to the science of reading. Students learn the five components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension as relayed by the National Reading Panel (NRP). We spend an extensive amount of time going over each of these components.
The practices described focus on:
In the foundations of literacy course, teacher candidates deepen their knowledge in the discipline by developing an engaging literacy center based upon a read aloud and a skill from any of the five components to effectively teaching reading. In a developmental reading course, teacher candidates have to create an early literacy toolkit for parents. In the foundational reading course, each teacher candidate must complete a “group-teach”. Finally, in all courses that I teach, teacher-candidates must incorporate technology into their assignments.