Strategies to Assist Struggling Readers

Sally Johnstone
Secondary History Teacher
This course will help you learn how to support the struggling readers in your class.
Target Audience
This course is aimed at secondary teachers, who are working with students between the ages of 15 and 17. While it has a NSW flair, teachers around the country would find it beneficial.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Strategies to Assist Struggling Readers

The NSW Government recently announced that every single student would have to meet minimum standards in both literacy and numeracy in order to receive a Higher School Certificate from 2020. Clearly, the State Government has come to recognise something that teachers have known for far too long — namely, some students are entering Stage Six without first gaining basic skills in reading and writing. Without these foundational skills, these students are less likely to achieve success in the HSC. Worse yet, they are less likely to flourish in the post-schooling world.

As such, this course aims to help teachers in NSW develop a range of strategies so that they can help their students become expert readers. Specifically, teachers will learn how to integrate pre-reading, during reading and post-reading activities into their lessons.

Audience

This course is aimed at secondary teachers, who are working with students between the ages of 15 and 17.

While it has a NSW flair, teachers around the country would find it beneficial.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

1.3.2 Proficient Level – Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.3.2 & 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
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Sessions

What does a ‘Good Reader’ look like?

1 hour

Within this session, we will explore the basic skills students need to have in order to become good readers. For instance, we will explore how our student’s vocabulary, fluency and decoding skills affect their ability to read.

How does one become a Good Reader?

1 hour

Within this session, we will explore a collection of different teaching and learning activities that teachers in Stage Six might like to use to help their students develop the basic skills needed to become good readers.

Strategies to use before reading

1 hour

Within this session, we will examine why it is important to use pre-reading activities during our classes. From there, we will look at some practical ways that we can incorporate these types of activities into our classes.

Strategies to use during reading

1 hour

Within this session, we will examine the types of things we should do when reading articles or textbooks to improve student comprehension.

Strategies to use after reading

1 hour

Finally, we will end this course by looking at the types of activities teachers can utilise at the end of a reading to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of the topic being explored.

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About the team


Sally Johnstone

Creator

Sally Johnstone is a secondary history teacher, who has spent the last five years working with students in Stage Six. She is interested in creating dynamic lessons that cater for the diverse range of students in her classes.