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ERIC Number: ED439387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
The Teacher, Reading, and Parents.
Ediger, Marlow
Much is being emphasized in staff development in the area of reading instruction. It is important for each teacher to study and think reflectively about what can be done to improve the reading curriculum. One procedure that can be used is to hold a quality workshop based on the needs of teachers in reading instruction. The theme should be decided with teacher involvement and the guidance of the principal. In a workshop for 20 participants, during a general session, problem areas are identified and clarified. Teachers might volunteer to serve on a committee focusing on various problem areas. Committee reports to indicate progress can be shared with others. Faculty meetings, with ample materials of instruction and instructional assistance, may also be used to improve the reading curriculum. Teachers can then try out ideas gleaned from the meetings. To vary approaches in teaching reading, a videotape on model teachers using behaviorism as a psychology of learning may be shown and critiqued. Some teachers speak highly of visiting innovative classrooms where new approaches have been tried out with success in reading instruction. Observational visits by the reading supervisor can be beneficial for inservice development. Team teaching has built-in inservice education, with members upgrading their teaching skills and sharing worthwhile ideas with each other. Teachers also need to have ample opportunity to browse through and read materials from a professional school library. Another excellent way to improve the reading curriculum is to discuss student progress during a parent/teacher conference. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A