Reading Performance Essay

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1. What are some of the factors that influence children 's reading performance (educational/ non-educational)? Many factors can affect students’ reading performance. Educators classify these factors into two groups: educational factors, in other words what happens in school (instructional materials, reading strategies, the teacher, school environment), and non-educational factors that cannot be influenced by school (home environment, gender, intelligence, language differences, physical and emotional health). The teacher is one of most important educations factors. A teachers’ ideas and expectations have a very strong impact on students’ reading performance; if the teacher believes in their students, students begin…show more content…
Instructional material is another educational factor affecting students reading performance. Teachers have a lot of material to teach students to read, such as trade books, chapter books, basal readers, and technological material, but teacher’ role is to find a material that would fit students as well as advances students’ strengths, to find the material to match the reader (Cox, 2015). The teacher has consider students’ interest, their choice, size of the book, and their background knowledge using material, so students would be able to construct meaning while using their strengths. Classroom environment can influence students’ reading performance. To become good readers, children have to expose to a lot of print and in many forms, they have to be immersed in literacy experience. The classroom atmosphere has to invite them to explore different elements of reading, listening, and writing. There are many elements that are helping to create a literacy-rich environment such as classroom library, students’ work area, and the classroom meeting area. It is important to have books at every student’ reading level; keep colored posters to attract students’ interest and encourage their…show more content…
A positive home environment helps prepare students to be ready and able to learn. According to Hill (2015), parent-child relationship characterized by nurturing, acceptance and encouragement, as well as parents ' responsiveness to the child 's needs, correlates with positive academic performance. Perceptual factors, such as visual perception, visual discrimination, phonological processing, and auditory perception could affect students reading performance. Students who have some problem with perception usually have difficulties in reading.
Narka (1997) said that children with perceptual issues couldn’t interpret sensations in a normal manner. These students suffer from an auditory processing problem, visual perception problem or attention deficit disorder, or display difficulty in following a sequence of verbal direction. Although educational and non-educational factors that could affect students’ reading performance look like two different categories, but some factors are overlapping. Teachers have to consider all of these facts in order to help student to improve their ability to read and raise their reading performance
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