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.

Teaching Decoding: The Pedagogy of Phonics

Teaching Decoding: The Pedagogy of Phonics

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • know the typical structure of a daily discrete phonics lesson
  • have some teaching strategies for teaching GPCs, blending and segmenting
  • know the criteria for selecting resources for teaching phonics
  • be able to track children’s phonic knowledge, ensuring progression.

Introduction

In this chapter strategies for teaching synthetic phonics are explored. The expectation is that there will be a daily discrete phonics lesson. It is important to be clear about how this works. First, the lesson is short, lasting no more than 10 to 15 minutes. It is only a part of the reading lessons that children will be having and should not dominate children’s experiences of reading in school. Second, ...

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