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.

Being a Reader

Being a Reader

Being a Reader

Chapter objectives

When you have read this chapter you should have:

  • understood the purposes behind reflecting on practice
  • practised reflecting on your own teaching and identifying learning points from your reflection
  • created your own autobiography as a reader
  • identified different ways of being a reader
  • reflected on what it means to read for pleasure and have some classroom strategies to help children to do this.


The previous chapter considered several different ways of looking at the reading process and saw how, depending on the discipline or theoretical perspective which influences your point of view, reading can be described in many different ways. It was also noted that reading is a highly political topic and has been used by governments in many countries over many decades ...

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