Seventeen videos explore the ways in which teachers can support students in becoming competent and effective readers. The importance and use of wordless books and the concept of “playing at reading” is demonstrated and discussed in depth. Helping students to understand and recognize narrative elements in reading as well as the purpose of theme is also explored. The videos in this section describe strategies for teaching reading including modeling, shared, guided and independent reading practice.
The Early Writing Assessment tool examines a student’s book handling skills as well as story concept development; two critical components of emergent readers. Its use is explained in depth with three included examples of conducting the assessment in order to identify the students’ strengths as well as next instructional steps. Discussion videos which follow provide an opportunity to hear teachers reflecting on what they observed first-hand and to provide a stimulus to examine your own teaching practices.