Strong literacy skills help students build a foundation for success in school and beyond. But students’ reading skills are stumbling, and in some cases, the declines have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and limited access to learning resources during virtual and hybrid education.
Reading comes naturally to some children, but to others, it’s a chore, or they shy away from it because they lack confidence.
There are a number of strategies, tools, and resources to help students build strong literacy skills. Here are five to get you started:
1. Leverage technology to narrowly target gaps. Virtual platforms can help teachers to individually diagnose and target narrow skills that may need recovery, or that may need to be built from the ground up. Consider narrowing which skills need more practice and recovery as accurately and deeply as possible. That way, we’re not looking at kids or teachers from a deficit model.
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