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.
One of my favourite books at the moment is I want my hat back by Jon Klassen (2012). It tells of a bear who has lost his hat and wants it back. He wanders around disconsolately asking every animal he meets if they have seen his hat. Nobody has seen his hat and the rather sad bear politely replies, ‘OK. Thank you anyway.’ and goes on his way. He lies down on the floor in despair:
Nobody has seen my hat. What if I never see it again? What if nobody ever finds it? My poor hat. I miss it so much. (2012: 12–13)
He begins to describe it to somebody and then the light dawns. The bear remembers that he has just seen ...