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

Knowing About the Reading Process

Knowing About the Reading Process

Chapter objectives

When you have read this chapter you should have:

  • considered your own reading behaviours and how you make sense of a text
  • appreciated what different theoretical perspectives can offer to the classroom practice of teachers of reading
  • developed an understanding of the theories underpinning practice
  • begun to develop the skill of listening to children read analytically.


In order to become an effective teacher of reading it is important to be absolutely clear about what it is that we are teaching, and to ask ourselves the questions, ‘What is reading?’ and ‘What happens when we read?’. The answers to these questions are not as straightforward as you might first imagine and many books, learned papers and carefully constructed research ...

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