California Educator

March 2015

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The more children read, the better they read W E T A L K E D W I T H members of CTA's Read Across America Committee to get tips on teaching reading. Our panelists are: Committee Chair Janet Robertson, first-grade teacher, Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association; Reagan Duncan, first-grade teacher, Vista Teachers Association; Alberto Nodal, kindergarten teacher, San Lorenzo Educa- tion Association; and Bill Sammons, high school teacher, president of Black Oak Mine Teachers Association. What is your best advice for teaching reading? Bill: I like to offer a students a combination of assigned reading materials, as well as materi- als they are free to choose. I think it is import- ant for students to have a fair amount of choice in what they read, because that fosters interest and develops a love of reading Janet: Read to young children every day. Allow the children to touch the books, experience the books, and talk with their peers about the books. Students should have opportunities to read by themselves or with peers, and with and to the teacher, on a daily basis. Alberto: Make reading fun. It takes practice and discipline, but bringing in books that your Reagan Duncan Alberto Nodal Bill Sammons Janet Robertson And the more they read outside of school, the better they do in school Know & Tell Tips to share 18

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