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Becoming a Teacher of Reading

Becoming a Teacher of Reading

First Edition

March 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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
Being a reader
What do we read?
How do children develop as readers?
Providing a reading environment
Teaching systematic synthetic phonics: subject knowledge and progression
Teaching decoding: the pedagogy of phonics
Teaching comprehension
Teaching strategies for reading lessons
Knowing and recording children’s development as readers
Supporting individuals
Becoming an outstanding teacher of reading

This book provides a clear and comprehensive and balanced guide to the teaching of reading; it provides an invaluable resource for any aspiring primary teacher.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University
May 6, 2015

This is an inspiring and brilliant book that considers the crucial question of 'how do you teach reading?'. Phonics is there, as it needs to be, but is contextualised in a wealth of wisdom. Perkins' writing is immensely readable as she takes her reader on a journey to understand more about becoming a 'teacher of reading'. This book is of as much value to a trainee teacher as a highly experienced one. A remarkable achievement.

Ms Karin Boyle
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 3, 2015

really helpful to supplement the work we do on phonics and language comprehension

Mr Adrian Copping
Education (Lancaster), University Of Cumbria
April 22, 2015

For PGCE professional practice course

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
April 22, 2015

Very comprehensive and thorough review of Reading. would recommend surely to teachers in primary school as well as trainee teachers.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
March 25, 2015

Perkins does not try to give extended advice about reading difficulties. Her chapter on supporting individuals offers an introduction only. However, this book will give much valuable background knowledge for anyone considering undertaking an SpLD course.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training , Dyslexia Action
November 4, 2015

Provides a sound overview of key issues

Mrs Vivien Michele Linington
Department of Education, University of Witwatersrand
February 27, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Perkins Chapter 1

Margaret Perkins

Margaret Perkins worked in initial teacher education for many years with undergraduates, postgraduates and those on employment-based routes in different provider institutions. Before that she taught in primary schools across the age ranges and throughout the United Kingdom as a classteacher and in positions of leadership. For the last ten years, she has been responsible for the primary GTP and School Direct routes into primary teaching, at the University of Reading, working closely with schools located in more than eight different authorities. It is this experience which prompted the writing of this book. In September 2016 she is going... More About Author

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