Inspired by a previous comment by @AvivaLoca & Created via my ideas put into ChatGPT:
As someone who researches and works in education, I fully agree that phonics is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to teaching reading. There are many other factors to consider, and a comprehensive literacy program that takes these into account is crucial for helping students become proficient readers.
One important aspect of reading instruction is the provision of tier 2 and 3 supports for primary students. These supports can include small group instruction, one-on-one tutoring, and other interventions that are tailored to the specific needs of struggling readers. By providing these supports early on, we can help students get the extra help they need to catch up and succeed.
Another important factor to consider is the unique needs of English as Additional Language (EAL) learner. Supporting EAL students require different approaches than supporting special needs students, and it’s important for educators to have a deep understanding of these differences in order to provide effective instruction.
In addition, it is important to understand key differences in how a student has arrived at a perceived reading issue, is it poverty? Is it cultural differences? Language issues? Teaching instruction? Different types of learning disabilities? Neurological issues? Differences between autistic readers? Executive functioning challenges? Self-regulation challenges? Issues related to trauma?
As a researcher it may seem easy to find what the research ‘says’, (that is a very crude way to put it lol), however, as an educator, all of these factors come into play, and therefore we need to be comprehensive and take a wholistic approach to what sciences we are utilizing.
Finally, I believe that providing job-embedded coaching supports can be an effective way to help teachers grow and improve their skills. These supports can take the form of professional development opportunities, one-on-one coaching, or other resources that are available to teachers on an ongoing basis. By providing just-in-time learning and growth opportunities, we can help teachers stay current and effective in their practice.
Overall, there are many factors to consider when it comes to teaching reading effectively, and a comprehensive approach that takes all of these into account is crucial for helping students succeed. My bias is always toward understanding the whole learner.
PS (as a researcher, the term ‘science’ of reading irks me – we all need to respect what reliable, valid, and fair reading research brings to the greater body of literacy instruction that teachers must integrate each and every day.
Written by Deb & ChatGPT