Teaching the Struggling Reader

Teaching the Struggling Reader

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Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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Everyone who reads written language employs reading strategies. When teaching students to read, you are showing learners the kinds of reading decisions that proficient readers make rapidly and automatically to understand the text. When readers use these strategies often enough in a conscious and deliberate way, at some point, the practices become unconscious skills that they apply automatically whenever they read. This course focuses on practical "how-to" instructions to practice while helping students gain a greater understanding of what they are reading. Our Teaching the Struggling Reader course provides strategies for teachers and parents to use to help give their young readers the confidence they need to gain a love of reading!

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the struggling reader and determine what works
  • Identify approaches to help readers improve their comprehension
  • Recall strategies that help readers improve their logic skills
  • Define multiple learning strategies for the struggling reader 

Teaching the Struggling Reader Module 1
Balancing Language to Support the Meaning of Print

Do you have students who are afraid to read?  Are they understanding less than they are capable of understanding?  Module one will look at how to determine if your student is a developing reader and what works to help those struggling readers become alert and ready to learn.  Most of the time it is as simple as teachers adjust how they instruct students to read and with which strategies.  Module one will also examine the Cloze Reading Strategy which focuses on helping students deal with unfamiliar words.

  • Replacing Fear with Joy
  • Tools to Tackle Text
  • Cloze Reading Strategy
  • When and How to Teach Cloze Reading
  • Oral and Written Work

Teaching the Struggling Reader Module 2   
Nicknaming, Scattered Clues and Paraphrasing

The Nickname Reading Strategy is relatively new.  Many readers struggle with figuring out how to pronounce names of people and places they encounter in stories.  This strategy will give students a way to examine words and create clues to help them remember the word when they come to it in their text.  Module two will also look at one of the most powerful reading strategies-The Scattered Clues. Another reading strategy we will explore is the Paraphrasing Reading Strategy and how it is different than the other strategies in this text.

  • How to Teach the Nickname Reading Strategy
  • Telling Doesn’t Work
  • Why and How to Teach the Scattered Clues Reading Strategy
  • Constructing Scattered Clues Reading Strategies
  • How the Paraphrasing Reading Strategy is Different

Teaching the Struggling Reader Module 3
Nonsense and Pronoun Referent Reading Strategies

Do you have a student who interacts with informational texts that contain many unfamiliar words and concepts?  The Nonsense Reading Strategy will be great for that student.  Module three will guide you on how to teach students to use this strategy while reading.  Another strategy that module three will look at is the Pronoun Referent Reading Strategy, which is great to use when students are having a difficult time inferring what pronouns refer to.

  • When to Teach the Nonsense Reading Strategy
  • Focus on Adverbs and Connective Language
  • Why and How to Teach the Pronoun Referent Reading Strategy
  • Oral Language Practice
  • Pronoun Referent Strategies in Guided Reading Books

Teaching the Struggling Reader Module 4
Unraveling and Kerneling Reading Strategies

When struggling readers encounter long sentences, it is hard for them to comprehend all of the ideas embedded.  Module four will look at teaching students to both unravel and create complex sentences will them understand the ideas in complex sentences, using the Unraveling Strategy.  Module four will examine the multiple types of Kerneling Reading Strategies and the type of readers to use this method with.

  • When to Teach Unraveling
  • How to Teach the Unraveling Reading Strategy
  • How to Teach the Kerneling Reading Strategy
  • Getting Started with Kerneling
  • Types of Kerneling Reading Strategies

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Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

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