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Danielle Roach

Professor Dr. Gaulin


Week 6

Teaching Struggling Readers

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Effective teachers have great communication skills, a positive attitude, and

an effective teaching stance. The teacher should have both nonverbal and verbal
communication with the students. Children read and respond to adults non-verbal

and verbal actions and words. The children usually then mirror the actions of the

adults. It is also important to try not to react emotionally to the childrens behavior

when communication. Calm teachers and parents are more likely to have calmer

students. As a teacher, you should also never assume you know what the children

mean, but have them explain to you what they are feeling and thinking. Watch

their actions because these actions will show you what they understand. Always

show respect and trust in the childrens abilities.

An effective teacher will communicate by what they say and do. These

teachers have a can-do attitude and show excitement and pride when children

learn something they initially found challenging. Think about their practice as a

work in progress because every hard-to-teach student will teach the teachers

something new and important about the learning and teaching process. As a result

in this attitude, they take special interest In knowing children and their

environment well enough to try to take the childs perspective as they work with


Teaching is complex work and gets even more complicated with hard-to-

teach students. Teachers who are especially effective in teaching hard-to-teach

children have a particular teaching stance or approach to instruction and the art of

teaching. 1.) Engage in the process of continual learning and enjoy the challenge

2.) Enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out what children are trying to do

3.) reveal alternative problem solving strategies or ways of thinking to

help children solve problems while reading and writing

4.) teach children how to devise a plan of action

5.) always work from and with childrens strengths and honor and

recognize their partially right responses

6.) Never convey that a child cannot do something-find a different way to


7.) dont let children continue to struggle

8.) give children the responsibility for specific tasks and teach them how

to accept them

9.) Dont tell how to complete a task or action but reveal through


10.) When children work really hard, these teachers notice and comment

on their tenacity

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