Developing Teaching Strategies Many teaching strategies were mention throughout the chapter that would be effective ways to incorporate literature within the classroom as a teacher. The strategies that were mention can be both educational and interesting to the students. Effective teaching methods make reading fun and enjoyable for a lifetime for many students. As a teacher, we need to determine which strategy works best for each student.
By incorporating different strategies for the whole class, it will get the students involved in which methods work best for them. Finding literature that would blend with the curriculum and keep the students focused at the same time can be done easily by following strategies that work. Children will decide if they like reading through experiences early in their life. It is very important that teachers develop strategies that will be beneficial to the students that will create an environment for loving literature.
A few strategies listed were having the literature read aloud by the teacher as the student’s listen, allowing them to read it silently to themselves, share reading activities with a buddy or adult, through media such as audio books and films, through stories told to them, and creative drama. Reading aloud to children allows children to develop an array of vocabulary. They are also able to increase their cognitive abilities in thinking critically.
Most of times, students can predict outcomes in stories by listening to the teacher read aloud to them. I recommend that teachers ask questions throughout the reading to keep the students involved in the read aloud too. The best benefit in my opinion to reading aloud to children is that it serves as a model of expressive. Children are able to see and hear how tones should change depending on the expression through hearing the teacher. When students read, they can change their tones and voice to fit the description of the text.
Reading aloud also serves as a purpose to enhance children to love literature and reading. However, teachers should read the book to themselves before reading it aloud to an audience. Teachers should also make sure that the read aloud is appropriate for age and of interest to the student. They can determine this if they read it first. Generating questions for the students can keep them attentive to the story. As a teacher, distracted things should be moved out of the way to keep students focused on the read aloud.
If the book consists of pictures, teachers should make sure that they are in a position that allows all the students to see the pictures. The teacher should read loudly and clear enough that all students are able to understand the readings. Students can read literature to themselves is another way to get students involved in reading. This method enables students to become readers. Independent reading requires having a selection of literature for children to choose from. Displaying books over the classroom will attract students to the book and they will want to read it.
Teachers should set appropriate timing for students with independent reading depending on student grade level. As teachers, the younger the child, the less time you want them to read silently. If you try to make them read for a long time they will get bored and tiresome. They will begin to hate reading and not want to read. Shared reading is another strategy to get students involved in reading and literature. Students or an adult taking turn reading with children is fun and exciting for students.
They are able to listen to others and themselves as they read with each other. This strategy can also promote the love of literature. Media such as audio books and films can serve as excellent tools in teaching literature and reading. Having the students listen to audio books in class rather than listening to the teacher is something different and may interest the student. Using audio books can be done at different centers for the students. I would suggest using headsets for distractions. Students can also listen in groups to audio books.
Film based books allows the students to visually see the book rather than looking at the book. Teachers should be aware of picking age appropriate books for the students. Creative drama allows the students to re-enact a story experience. Creative drama can be used at any age level. Students listen to the story and then decide the characters, setting, plot, and dialogue. Students can then act their part out to create drama for literature in a fun and creative way. After completing the creative drama, students can have an oral discussion.