Professional development (PD) may be done individually, with a partner, small group or larger group. It works best when there is interaction to problem solve, and to share and generate ideas. This way it also provides a means for school communities to develop shared beliefs and understandings.
This section will help you find your way around and make the most of the MyRead website.
In developing this resource we wanted to present some of the issues around underperformance, reading and the middle years which are crucial to improving reading outcomes for students.
These issues have been incorporated into the website either through the navigation bar or within the framework of the Guides themselves.
There are 16 strategies or ‘Guides’ in the MyRead resource. The term ‘Guides’ is used to reflect the richness of each strategy.
For the research base of the website go to Further Readings.
Share findings with a partner/other participants.
2. What successful readers know and do
Many middle years teachers are uncertain about what is important in teaching reading. However by thinking about some of the issues raised in the following activity they will see that they already have a lot of expertise.
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After ranking and discussing the five factors, go to What and read/discuss in pairs. Link some of the points you discussed when completing the worksheet to the Four Roles/Resources Model.
3. Underperforming readers: Who are they?
4. Guide Template
All Guides are written using a template that incorporates some of the complex issues of underperforming middle years readers.
Once you understand the template each Guide will be more accessible.
To explore this template:
You'll find the template here.
5. Explore a Guide
There is a wide range of Guides – some are very short, others are a term’s work.
Go to How, choose a Guide and explore. Discuss with a partner or another pair.
6. Other crucial issues
There are two other crucial issues in the teaching of reading, especially with underperforming students.
Check authors to find out more about them.
Working in pairs, select a reading each, skim read for 5-10 minutes and then discuss.
These beliefs about underperforming, middle years readers have informed the development of this resource.