English/Language Arts Kindergarten - 6th Grade
Philosophy of Literacy Instruction
Learning is fostered through assisted performance—the child does everything within his/her reach and the teacher scaffolds the next learning.
The best cure for school failure is good first teaching. While programs, materials, and activities are supports for a teacher, they do not teach.
Literacy is the ability to use reading, writing, talking, listening, and viewing to learn subject matter in a given discipline or content in order to become independent learners by using appropriate skills with each reading assignment and in each discipline.
Explicit instruction in reading should occur in every content area every day.
While decoding skills are foundational, it is not necessary that students master decoding before receiving instruction in reading strategies.
Students should have the opportunity to read a wide variety of texts in various genres and receive instruction in how to read various text structures.
Students need to self-evaluate and monitor literacy strengths and weaknesses in all content areas.
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