About the Course
This course aims to:
- Build a thorough understanding of literacy difficulties, dyslexia and the ability to identify struggling readers
- Supply strategies to support the assessment of those with reading difficulties and to implement differentiation of learning activities to address these needs
- Provide an understanding of the content of effective literacy instruction interventions and strategies for struggling readers, aimed at providing classroom teachers with practical approaches and resources for teaching struggling readers
- Supply an in-depth insight into the process of teaching struggling readers, how long should it take, who is involved, what are the principles underpinning the aforementioned interventions
- Give examples and a critical evaluation of evidence based interventions
- Provide a selection of research papers / readings on aspects of reading interventions & supports from which ideas and practices can be extrapolated.
- Itemise some digital tools and software that can facilitate reading support and development
- Look at, review and score one’s own ‘Teacher Practice in Literacy’ as part of the SSE 2016-2020 process.
|01 - In an inclusive classroom, the needs of all children are catered for appropriately. To be reading and comprehending at or beyond your age appropriate level has a critical influence on a child’s learning. Thus, we need to intervene early and support the struggling readers with appropriate interventions once the signs are there, and confirmed by assessment e.g. dyslexia, where class & support teachers work together.|
|02 - We review current provision for children who struggle to read/ have dyslexia in Ireland today, review the continuum of support and look at examples of how the class teacher can differentiate everyday teaching to help struggling readers. We detail the role of the learning support and resource teachers and explore the use and importance of assessment when developing SMART targets for children with literacy difficulties.|
03 - We explore the features and characteristics of a suite of interventions and the supporting evidence for each in relation to features such as:
04 - We explore features of interventions that are integral to their success, to include:
05 - We use our growing knowledge to evaluate a range of programmes and interventions to support struggling readers, to include: