Reading Reflection Paper

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I believe that every student has the ability to learn how to read in one form or another. I must assess all of my students’ learning styles in order to meet their specific needs in the development of reading. I must also provide them with meaningful instruction and with a variety of rich appropriate books. It is crucial that my students are motivated to learn how to read, and I can do this by providing them with that meaningful instruction and by using books that will hold their interests and attention. It is my job to motivate them to learn how to read, so they will then want to read independently when they start to gather those skills.
One of my students may be able to quickly learn how to read written text, while on the other hand one of
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Alexander and Fox (2008) explained that processing and reading skills can “be systematically practiced and reinforced until the behavior is skillfully executed” (pp. 14). I think that there are many processing and reading skills that can be taught like this. There are many evidence-based practices like System of Least Prompts and Constant Time Delay that can teach students how to read, because their teacher is modeling, prompting, and reinforcing them as they make progress. The behaviorist theory has many ideas that I will use in my class, because I believe that children with disabilities do better when the material is modeled, when they are prompted from least to greatest, and when they are reinforced. It is also crucial to understand the thinking behind their behaviors and the meaningful use, which is where the cognitive theory comes in. It is important that reading is developed through meaningful use (Alexander & Fox, 2008). If I cannot meaningfully apply the process of reading to my students’ lives then most likely they will not be motivated to participate in my teaching. It will be harder for them to learn how to read if they are not motivated and cannot meaningfully relate to it. Environmental factors are a huge part of the cognitive theory. In order to teach reading to a child, s/he must be exposed to it in every aspect of their life. Children learn how to read with constant meaningful practices in…show more content…
Which is why I must assess my students to see how I can better teach them depending on their specific needs. The majority of my kids will need differentiated instruction. I will need to make literacy more accessible to them. Taffe, Laster, Broach, Marinak, Connor, and Dalhouse (2012) stated that “differentiated instruction allows all students to access the same classroom curriculum by providing entry points, learning tasks, and outcomes tailored to the students’ learning needs” (pp. 304). I want to give my students the same opportunities to learn the development of literacy as their general education peers. I can do this by accommodating and modifying the instruction I am presenting to them. One way I can modify the instruction is by delivering to my students in a different way and by giving them different materials to use. Children can and should learn how to read in a variety of different ways and methods. I love how Taffe et al. (2012) stated that “a truly differentiated classroom is one in which learners are understood to be constantly growing and changing as they participate in various literacy activities” (pp. 305). That is just so true! I do not want people to think my kids are not capable of learning literacy simply because of their being in a special education classroom. These kids just learn differently and at a different pace thank other kids. They develop differently in many areas and the

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