indigoproj said: How should teachers adapt their teaching to children who do not learn like the rest. What is the best way to motivate students to learn literacy when it is not their strong area?
First step: Assess. Assess the child to see what his/her strengths and needs are. Perhaps the child is great at decoding but needs support in understanding what is read. Or the student claims to hate reading but is really into superheroes. The key is to really get to know the child as a learner and as a person.
Next: Design instruction that address these strengths and needs. Build on what they do well but also attend to the gaps. In the case of the student who loves superheroes but hates to read, introduce him/her to comics and graphic novels. For the person who can decode but has trouble comprehending, chunk the material into smaller passages. Teach him/her how to be an active, metacognitive reader.
Then: Acknowledge that literacy may be hard for that student but be his/her most vocal cheerleader. Kids who struggle with literacy are often embarrassed by this notion, especially in the face of their peers. Let them know that you understand where they are academically and that you are there to help them become stronger readers. See each child as a reader. Call him/her a reader. (i.e. “Jenny, as a reader, what do you think about the author’s take on ____?” ”As a reader, Phil, what strategies do you use when coming upon an unknown word?”) It may sound corny, but calling students “readers”, “mathematicians”, ”scientists”, “historians”, etc. will become internalized. Words have power.
Also: Reassess. Constantly reassess. Do not leave growth up to wild guesses or hunches. Use assessment instruments to monitor progress. Recognize growth and celebrate it. Then use that data to design the next level of instruction. Teaching should be an iterative process.
"Too many books?" I believe the phrase you’re looking for is "not enough bookshelves".