When William, a friendly, outgoing boy, enters second grade, he is struggling to "keep up" with his reading group. William and his mother both report that in first grade he "hated to read" in school and at home. In this video, we follow William's progress throughout the year. As he develops strong reading skills and strategies, his ambivalence about reading changes to genuine enthusiasm. His teacher, Stacey Soto, routinely uses running records to track his progress, to choose appropriate materials for both guided reading and independent reading, and to plan instruction tailored to his strengths and needs. By the end of second grade, William's improved reading strategies for word identification and comprehension, and his new found confidence as a reader, motivate him to set goals for summer reading.
Factors that contribute to William's literacy development:
- Ongoing assessments
- Opportunities to read and write every day
- Guided-reading groups using leveled books
- Independent reading program
- Parent involvement
- Self-confidence and motivation to read
- Reading at home
"His reading is amazing. I can't believe his reading. I mean, the improvement has been huge. Huge. And he likes to read."