Narelle Lynch Interview: Empowered, informed Australian teacher talks about her highly successful approach to literacy instruction. Blog entry by Dr. Sam Bommarito
It has been over five decades since the 1st-grade studies were carried out LINK. That complete and comprehensive set of studies laid the groundwork for all future studies of the teaching of reading. They demonstrated that no one method works for every child every time. They found that teachers predicted more of the variance in reading achievement than particular methods. In a nutshell- good teachers get good results. My conclusions about what good literacy instruction should look like are the same now as they were then. The best path to improving literacy instruction is to empower teachers. Train them in both the art and the science of teaching. Give them a background in all the ways to break the code and all the ways to help children make meaning. Empowered, informed teachers are the key to a successful literacy program. One size never has and never will fit all LINK.
Last week I had the privilege of talking to one such empowered, informed teacher. Her name is Narelle Lynch. As you listen to her talk about her teaching, notice the depth of knowledge she has about orthographic principles and how she uses that knowledge to help her 1st and 2nd grade become successful readers (10:21 on the video). She received a great deal of training at the Thrass Institute in Australia. I will be interviewing the head of the institute in the near future about their program. In the meantime, have a look and a listen to a person I consider a master teacher and find out what she does to help her children down the path of becoming successful readers (and writers!).
Here is the link to the interview:
Dr. Sam Bommarito (aka the guy in the center happily taking flak from all sides)
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