Creating A Community Of Readers: The Power Of DEAR

This article is based on, and written in relation to, findings of educational research (Cremin, 2008, Pieper & Beadle, 2016 & Miller & Anderson, 2009). The tenor of this article is to allow the reader to reflect on children’s reading and is in no way a criticism of any school(s) policy or teachers’ practice.

This is a grass-roots account of how, in one term, two teachers have taken one class’s reading and made it a central, natural and pleasurable part of the life of a classroom.

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Why children should be encouraged to only ever use phonics as a helpful friend.

A Teacher’s Philosophy

I should start out by stating quite clearly that this is not an article advocating for the removal of phonics from classrooms. However, a teacher’s approach to the task of teaching reading is guided by what they think reading actually is. If armed with a viable definition of reading and an understanding of some of the instructional implications of their definition, teachers can use almost any reading materials to help children develop productive reading strategies.

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