5 strategies to help students develop their literacy skills

Strong literacy skills help students lay the foundation for success in school and beyond. But students’ reading skills are stumbling, and in some cases the declines have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and limited access to learning resources during virtual and hybrid education.

Reading comes naturally to some children, but for others it is a chore, or they shy away from it because they lack self-confidence.

There are a number of strategies, tools, and resources to help students develop strong literacy skills. Here are five to get you started:

1. Leverage technology to narrowly target gaps. Virtual platforms can help teachers individually diagnose and target narrow skills that may require recovery or that need to be developed from scratch. Consider restricting skills that require more practice and recovery as precisely and deeply as possible. This way we don’t look at kids or teachers from a deficit model.

Laura Ascione
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