Session 356: Supporting poor readers

  1. It's 8pm & time for #UKEdChat. Tonight we are discussing 'Supporting Poor Readers'. Remember to use the hashtag in your tweets. Q1 coming up https://t.co/oR5GVxk6P2
    It's 8pm & time for #UKEdChat. Tonight we are discussing 'Supporting Poor Readers'. Remember to use the hashtag in your tweets. Q1 coming up pic.twitter.com/oR5GVxk6P2
  2. #UKEdChat Q1
What are the problems that you have seen, for pupils who struggle to read?
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    #UKEdChat Q1 What are the problems that you have seen, for pupils who struggle to read? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/MbSqaFT1LU
  3. @ukedchat Q1 They lack the knowledge and understandin of context to decode the meaning of unknown words based on their usage. #UkEdChat
  4. @ukedchat A1 Struggles with early phonics and sounds. Lack of support at home #UKEdChat
  5. @ukedchat A vicious cycle of low confidence leading to lack of enjoyment - esp when reading aloud #ukedchat
  6. @ukedchat A1 #UKEdChat - I have seen some really bright students in KS3 whose ability for reading is poor, therefore holding them back in many ways
  7. @ukedchat #UKEdChat I feel the main problems with struggling readers have to be their lack of self esteem +the likelihood they will misbehave to cover
  8. @JCLGeo How can we develop this skill when the context can elude the reader until the sentence has been decoded? #ChickenAndEgg #UKEdChat
  9. @JCLGeo @ukedchat I’d agree #UKEdChat and it’s a real shame, as they often have the ability, but poor reading skills hold some back.
  10. A1 There are huge problems at KS4-new GCSEs are inaccessible for weaker readers, regardless of their subject knowledge. #ukedchat
  11. @ukedchat Maybe discussion of context then time to decode on their own before reading aloud to adult might help? #UKEdchat
  12. @ukedchat It's a tough one. A lot of it I think is picked up by reading and exposure to those words in everyday life.
  13. @UKEdSch #UkEdChat the issue for most is that they do not have the basic skills. Word recognition, sight words etc.
  14. @ukedchat it is important to instil a love of reading as early as possible #ukedchat
  15. @SharonSmith_edu That’s what I fear #ukedchat Many have the skills and ability in subjects, but reading assessment/exam questions can hold them back :-(
  16. #UKEdChat Q2.
What are the interventions available for supporting pupils who struggle to read?
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    #UKEdChat Q2. What are the interventions available for supporting pupils who struggle to read? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/3wFVMJ5uM6
  17. @Elizabethutch @ukedchat I agree that early intervention is required, but what about those who slip through the net? #UKEdChat
  18. @ChristallaJ Agreed. Why does this seem to happen for so many children? What is switching them off? #ukedchat
  19. @ChristallaJ @ukedchat How do you go around making sure this skill gap is plugged? #UkEdChat
  20. A2 Give them access to good libraries with librarians who can help inspire them to love reading.Alongside teaching them the skills #ukedchat
  21. @ukedchat @anmajac #UKEdChat from a parental pov, the materials used turn them off. Biff&Chip are dull. 6kids, only 2 read. Gson also switched off
  22. @ukedchat A2 I have used @nightzookeeper to aid both reading & writing. One to one guided reading support seems to be the usual intervention #UKEdChat
  23. @MrPatelsawesome @ukedchat For secondary school, surely the identification should be done as soon as they walk into Year 7 #UKEdChat What’s on offer?
  24. @WasiqUK How can confidence be reinstated when pupils believe they are behind their peers? #ukedchat
  25. @ukedchat #ukedchat the million dollar question! I try to engage struggling readers by finding out their interests and get books/ comics to support.
  26. @ukedchat @anmajac #UKEdChat as a Form Tutor, struggling rdrs forced to attend morning reading but denied books of choice. 1wanted Fantastic Mr Fox, but denied
  27. @MrSmithKS1 @MovingOnEd I'm glad you've learnt lots this evening! I'm sure you know more than you realise. Post #MovingOnEdChat give #ukedchat a go now
  28. @digicoled @ukedchat If I'm honest - usually pupils get shoed off into the sen office to do some program or another ... takes ages!!
  29. @WasiqUK @ukedchat I’d agree #UKEdChat How can the confidence levels be increased? Perhaps seeing more teachers reading?
  30. @digicoled that's the reality I've see. The 19th century texts in particular for English mean that even capable Ss struggle. #ukedchat
  31. @Elizabethutch @digicoled @ukedchat How do we address this? How can we make sure these poor readers are targeted effectively? #UKEDChat
  32. @digicoled @ukedchat The love of reading is more than learning the words. Sharing good books with them and modelling good practice #ukedchat
  33. @ukedchat formulaic approaches in GR kills enjoyment- ch need to be exposed 2real books eg. Every opp read to them/ each other @ home & sch
  34. @ukedchat Best interventions I've used is let them choose reading material and prepare (even with help) before showing off reading to others #UKEdchat
  35. @digicoled @ukedchat Well ... to varying degrees... the issue is with science teaching the vocabulary is so rich - sorry no solution here :/
  36. @anmajac Do you find that pupils are more engaged when reading comics? Does this lead to dependency on graphical reading material? #ukedchat
  37. @MrPatelsawesome @ukedchat To me, that’s the whole point of this chat #UKEdChat I see really bright KS3 pupils with loads of ability held back due to reading ability.
  38. @Elizabethutch @digicoled @ukedchat Totally agree. Love seeing children being enthusiastic about books, even if they cannot read them completely #UKEDChat
  39. @ukedchat Confidence isn't linked only to what position students are from their peers. It's complex. #UKEdChat
  40. @nickotkdV @ukedchat no easy fix here but modelling the 💜of reading & providing oops v early on -class books, special days with families etc
  41. @UKEd_EMids Time consuming but - prediscuss context, allow time to prepare,read aloud when confident. #ukedchat
  42. @ukedchat #ukedchat Comics are a very useful tool to use with students with poor attention spans, I haven't found it leads to such dependency.
  43. @ChristallaJ @ukedchat Love the idea of family reading days. A day centred around families and their love of reading #UKEDChat
  44. @anmajac Do more able pupils also get value from comics in your experience? #ukedchat
  45. @anmajac @ukedchat Too hard for him, apparantly. Bt surely, the desire to read it would spur him on? Another refused access to Darren Shan. Am now smuggling bk
  46. @ukedchat Go back to basics and check phonic knowledge, blending skills, sight recognition and memory #UKEdChat
  47. #UKEdChat Q3.
What other resources or activities are available to support pupils who struggle to read?
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    #UKEdChat Q3. What other resources or activities are available to support pupils who struggle to read? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/UsMRngOgo0
  48. @ukedchat @WasiqUK why force them 2read aloud? Let them listen 2others that's effective 2 Use #edtech audio for self evaluation less public
  49. @ukedchat Show a reading culture And find a text that interests them. Support their reading and model strategies for success #UKEdChat
  50. @nickotkdV @ChristallaJ @ukedchat This sounds great but many would not have time for this. It is the families that struggle to read too that would not join in #ukedchat
  51. A2 lots of successful interventions, but key at KS3/4 is age appropriate reading material for lower ability to promote engagement #UKEdChat
  52. @nickotkdV @Elizabethutch @digicoled @ukedchat surely that's shat teal@assessment is for. Who is monitoring? Who's accountable? #edchat
  53. @ukedchat #ukedchat If the comics are on topics which interest them, yes some of the more able students get value from them too
  54. @ey_inspiration1 @ukedchat Agreed! Modelling is essential. Get T's to read in the library - for themselves! Have the caretaker read next to the headteacher #ukedchat
  55. @UKEdSch I have found that using reading apps on iPads or other tablets works, especially if you can adjust the background colour #UKEdChat
  56. @Elizabethutch @nickotkdV @ukedchat but why make them read? Exposure exposure -film others reading less invasive Time 2listen 2others works2
  57. @Elizabethutch @ukedchat Yes we have dads and lads reading sessions! It's vital to show the purpose or need to read esp to the boys #UKEDChat
  58. @nickotkdV @ChristallaJ @ukedchat Have them join their kids in the library for a shared reading experience during lunch. No pressure, read the paper, whatever. #ukedchat
  59. @digicoled @MrPatelsawesome @ukedchat a sea of vocabulary everywhere! Walls, ceilings, desks etc accompanied by visuals. Constant exposure
  60. @ukedchat Appropriate texts that build confidence and aren't patronising #UKEDChat
  61. @ChristallaJ @ukedchat Indeed. Confidence doesn't just exist, it's developed over time. Work to the strengths of the students. #UKEdChat
  62. @ukedchat @anmajac Ws told by students involved, not by staff. How far is choice encouraged? No idea, but would make sense.
  63. @Elizabethutch @ChristallaJ @ukedchat Like this idea. I wish there was a way of managing and getting all adults on board. If all adults fully understood the importance of reading
  64. @ukedchat Assessing gaps in reading expertise.. what is is that's hindering them? Work on specifics! Often memory, poor phonics, word recall #ukedchat
  65. @anmajac @JillEGreenwood @ukedchat I guess funding doesn't help! Ps need exposure to variety. Schs need to be well stocked & replenish old b
  66. @ukedchat A2/3 Helping pupils find something that they enjoy/ can access. If they don't know it exists they don't know they can read it. #ukedchat
  67. @anmajac @ukedchat Am now book-running & suspect that illicit nature of the materials will encourage reading, Roald Dahl would be amused.. How about comics?
  68. #UKEdChat Q4.
What is the impact of poor reading skills for pupils in other curriculum areas?
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    #UKEdChat Q4. What is the impact of poor reading skills for pupils in other curriculum areas? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/wzOCdHGW0M
  69. @WasiqUK @ukedchat defo agree! It's ok not to be an expert -read what ur community needs and don't give up trying! #collectivevoice empowers
  70. @Elizabethutch @nickotkdV #ukedchat I have set up 'reading meadows' 4 this very purpose. Kids love lunch reading. Self directed with buddies
  71. A small group look at picture books. sometimes they don't get past the front cover as they are enjoying looking properly at them #ukedchat
  72. @ukedchat A4 #UKEdChat Being held back academically, despite having the ability to soar
  73. @ChristallaJ @anmajac @ukedchat But should old books be chucked? I think Adrian Mole is still relevant? Visiting authors are good, too, for firing enthusiasm
  74. @nickotkdV @ChristallaJ There is no pressure to finish the book in one go. They start and if they are enjoying one page they stay there. It works well #ukedchat
  75. @ukedchat A4 Lack of understanding especially when answering set questions. Less work produced and difficulty using prompts #UKEdChat
  76. Ultimately, reading is the foundation of everything. It affects understanding, and that effects attainment #ukedchat  https://twitter.com/UKEdSch/status/870361783302795269 
  77. @ey_inspiration1 @ukedchat Modelling, culture of expectation & dedicated reading time each day with something they enjoy reading #UKEdChat
  78. @JillEGreenwood @anmajac #ukedchat sorry I meant tatty 1s-1s that have an old smell and yellow pages... my 1st job as HT 2audit & replenish
  79. @ukedchat A1: they feel reading on their devices is enough, rather than books! #UKEdChat
  80. @nickotkdV @Elizabethutch #ukedchat every cranny has a reading area called s meadow😊 corridors - gaps in between classes etc ... cushions
  81. @ukedchat @anmajac Of course! My son top set and loves comics anything that is reading and feeding imagination
  82. @UKEdSch Reading is crucial! Literacy underpins everything children do at school. It has a huge domino effect, long into pupils' lives #ukedchat
  83. @ukedchat A4 weak reading makes all curriculum areas difficult to access/is detrimental to all subjects so =whole school priority #ukedchat
  84. @ChristallaJ @anmajac #UKEdChat could they be sold on to fund new? Book bring and buy on a family reading day?
  85. @OLewis_coaching @ukedchat I find apps that can scroll text, amend the font and font size, as well as change background work really well #UKEdChat
  86. @OLewis_coaching @ukedchat And start with our eyfs! They need a love of books here and their confidence should be sky high #UKEdChat
  87. @ukedchat @AmandaVarley Pp often like reading aloud in small groups as it's does build confidence
  88. @ukedchat Massive-understanding, knowledge and confidence. Lessons need to take reading levels into account. Ways round can be planned for #UKEdchat
  89. @ukedchat I don't believe so, I think they should be familiar with the tactile nature of a book too! #UKEdChat
  90. #UKEdChat Q5. How do poor reading skills impact of the wider curriculum, and how can these be minimised?
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  91. @Elizabethutch @nickotkdV #ukedchat it certainly dies! Reading buddies are cool too. The kids love this 💜
  92. @ukedchat A5 Difficulty using wider ranging vocabulary and understanding of how to use different key words or terms. Early intervention #UKEdChat
  93. @ChristallaJ @nickotkdV @ukedchat #UKEdChat I use 1form time per wk for silent reading & read my book there.Maybe every other week each reviews a book theyve read?or poster?
  94. @ukedchat #UKEdChat makes accessing many areas difficult. Also slows down some areas of learning.
  95. @ukedchat @ChristallaJ @anmajac Family reading; parents fave childhood book reviewed by child? Or would that be divisive? Reading triads, like a book club scaled down?
  96. @ChristallaJ @Elizabethutch We tried this. I think consistency is key here. Regular slots to meet and read together. #UKEdChat
  97. @ChristallaJ @nickotkdV @Elizabethutch I think having reading spaces outside of a library is good; helps kids see reading as something not exclusively academic #ukedchat
  98. @ukedchat Agree @PaulWN1 Making sure key vocab is explicitly taught. Also providing hands on experiences, auditory resources, peer support #UKEdchat
  99. #UKEdChat Q6.
How can the wider community support pupils to improve/manage poor reading skills?
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    #UKEdChat Q6. How can the wider community support pupils to improve/manage poor reading skills? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/OVqnhLkOaL
  100. @ukedchat A6 Provide easier access to reading material. Offer incentives and fun activities to encourage and reward extra reading #UKEdChat
  101. @ukedchat A6 unoriginal, but it starts at home! Foster a love of reading from as early as possible-it's the gateway to Ss' success #UKEdchat
  102. Do you believe you have ever had a student who thrives in your subject, but their exam results are poor due to reading abilities? #UKEdChat
  103. @ukedchat from a Sen point of view we often have poor readers pointed in our direction for dyslexia diagnosis in fact it's practice reqd
  104. #UKEdChat Q7.
Should schools support the reading skills of adults in the community? How/Why?
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    #UKEdChat Q7. Should schools support the reading skills of adults in the community? How/Why? Remember the hashtag in your tweets. pic.twitter.com/zWU3P8ATzv
  105. @ukedchat Be seen reading. What if shops and cafes etc had 'book boxes' where chn could donate and take one book away when out and about? #UKEdchat
  106. @ukedchat A6. Community is key #UKEdChat Break down stigmas, and support everyone
  107. @ukedchat A7 I think they could but don't have to. We regularly have reading mornings in which parents come in to read with pupils #UKEdChat
  108. @ukedchat I think so, if parents are literate then they have more chance of inspiring their children. These are life skills #UKEdChat
  109. @ukedchat Provide workshops and advice to parents in their own reading and how to support their children's #UKEdChat
  110. I believe that all students have the ability to soar academically #UKEdChat Reading can often hold that progress back, which is a travesty.
  111. @ukedchat Yes - we're all in this together 😊. After school clubs for adults could be linked to a secondary focus to reduce stigma eg cookery #UKEdchat
  112. @ukedchat In our eyfs we run "reading with your child" workshops to upskill parents and show the variety of skills developed through a book #UKEdChat
  113. @ukedchat Explaining strategies to reinforce early on, using picture cues, inference, word building and comprehension #UKEdChat
  114. We also need to recognise that there is a *lot* of digital reading with students #UKEdChat - Should be implemented within learning as well.