School’s goal a page-turner
Books fly off the shelves at the library
READING is a top priority at Hatton Vale State School.
The school’s approach to the teaching of reading has a straightforward goal: to produce confident, competent and voracious readers.
Students engage in modelled, shared, guided and independent reading lessons where they progress from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”.
The school’s instructional methodology uses the latest research, which insures that all critical components for effective reading instruction are incorporated: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. We endeavour to provide every learner with purposeful instruction of reading strategies and skills, motivation to read, access to a wide variety of texts, and authentic reading opportunities.
Students have individualised reading goals and are taught strategies to help them continuously improve. Student conferencing and goal setting occurs regularly between teachers and students, which allows for progress monitoring and the identification of strengths and areas for improvement.
This allows teachers to cater for both struggling and excelling learners.
While the improved data relating to reading improvement has been validating, the change in student attitude and behaviour towards reading has been the most rewarding.
Involving students in the development of their own reading goals, regardless of their individual abilities, has allowed them to take more ownership of their learning. Students have articulated an increased confidence in their ability to be successful and to apply this to other areas of their learning.
The evidence of a change in student reading behaviours has been most noticeable in the library with an increase of book borrowing by about 400%.
That translates into nearly 500 books borrowed each week.
A consistent approach to the teaching reading has had a positive effect on teachers, students and the community of Hatton Vale State School.
It has led to increased capacity and consistency in the teaching of reading, to improvement in student performance and increased community confidence.
READ TO ME: Hatton Vale State School students enjoy reading time.