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Becoming a Teacher of Reading

Becoming a Teacher of Reading

First Edition

March 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge.  Trainee teachers need to learn how to  address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum.  

Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing:

* An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child

*Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice

*School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection

*Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Knowing about the reading process
Being a reader
What do we read?
How do children develop as readers?
Providing a reading environment
Teaching systematic synthetic phonics: subject knowledge and progression
Teaching decoding: the pedagogy of phonics
Teaching comprehension
Teaching strategies for reading lessons
Knowing and recording children’s development as readers
Supporting individuals
Becoming an outstanding teacher of reading

Good overview of the territory of teaching reading and up to date. Good to see phonics placed in the perspective of wider reading strategies that children need to possess in order to become true readers.

Michele Otway
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
September 5, 2015

This is an easily accessible and comprehensive text which will assist both undergraduates and postgraduates to arrive at an initial understanding of what is involved in becoming a teacher of reading.

Mrs Eleanor Jane Power
Primary Education, Nottingham Trent University
August 14, 2015

This book is an excellent resource linking theory to practice in teaching children how to read. The chapters on phonics and decoding would be particularly useful for our students working in reception classes as they provide not only explanations but also lots of ideas and reflective activities to apply in the classroom. The text is accessible, yet offering a challenge in making the reader think about their own practice and understanding of how to teach reading. I also really linked the links to professional organisations which encourage reading and dissemination of relevant information. This part of the book is a rich resource on its own.

Dr Dimitrina Kaneva
Health and Community Studies, University of Bolton
May 20, 2015

Some useful content for any teacher of reading and functional skills English.

Miss Antoinette Unsworth
teaching and learning, Michaeljohn Training
May 14, 2015

This book provides a clear and comprehensive and balanced guide to the teaching of reading; it provides an invaluable resource for any aspiring primary teacher.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
May 6, 2015

This is an inspiring and brilliant book that considers the crucial question of 'how do you teach reading?'. Phonics is there, as it needs to be, but is contextualised in a wealth of wisdom. Perkins' writing is immensely readable as she takes her reader on a journey to understand more about becoming a 'teacher of reading'. This book is of as much value to a trainee teacher as a highly experienced one. A remarkable achievement.

Ms Karin Boyle
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 3, 2015

For PGCE professional practice course

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
April 22, 2015

really helpful to supplement the work we do on phonics and language comprehension

Mr Adrian Copping
Education (Lancaster), University Of Cumbria
April 22, 2015

Very comprehensive and thorough review of Reading. would recommend surely to teachers in primary school as well as trainee teachers.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
March 25, 2015

Perkins does not try to give extended advice about reading difficulties. Her chapter on supporting individuals offers an introduction only. However, this book will give much valuable background knowledge for anyone considering undertaking an SpLD course.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training , Dyslexia Action
November 4, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Perkins Chapter 1

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