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Learning to Read, Reading to Learn

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After a few Twitter exchanges on the subject of Guided Reading earlier today, these are my thoughts on one possible model of teaching reading in primary schools.

In many of the schools that I have worked in, children have improved as readers despite the teaching they have received and not because of it; unlike the teaching of writing, the teaching of reading has frequently lacked direction and purpose.

Clearly, it is not good enough to just expect children to get better with age, we must carefully design and provide the opportunities that will help them to do so.

As detailed below, I believe that all children should receive the opportunity to read in three different contexts during a normal school week:

1. Guided Reading which is objective
led. It is vital that this does not become a session where a teacher or TA merely listens to a group of children…

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