e-Learning for Educators
|Helping Struggling Readers Improve Comprehension for Active WV Educators|
This course focuses on supporting the academic development of students who are competent decoders but who struggle to understand the meaning of what they read. Participants will explore the different types of comprehension difficulties students may face and will be introduced to a number of research-based strategies to improve reading comprehension skills. Instructional strategies will focus on building vocabulary skills, using teacher modeling, having students work collaboratively, and building comprehension-monitoring skills. Participants will complete session projects that 1) address specific comprehension strategies, 2) develop questioning techniques regarding vocabulary development, 3) use of the QAR strategy, 4) reciprocal teaching and think alouds, 5) use of graphic organizers and 6) and MAZE assessment options.
*This course is open to all certified WV educators who are currently hired to teach in WV and to paraprofessionals who are assigned as a full-time classroom aide.
This course focuses on supporting the academic development of students who are competent decoders but who struggle to understand the meaning of what they read. Participants will explore the different types of comprehension difficulties students may face and will be introduced to a number of research-based strategies to improve reading comprehension skills. Instructional strategies will focus on building vocabulary skills, using teacher modeling, having students work collaboratively, and building comprehension-monitoring skills. As a final project, participants will design a lesson plan focused on improving students' reading comprehension.
Goals and Objectives
During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
Identify the different kinds of comprehension difficulties students may experience;
Use indirect and direct instruction techniques to teach vocabulary to struggling readers;
Understand and apply techniques for improving student comprehension through teacher modeling, peer-to-peer work, and independent reading; and
Help struggling readers become more engaged with text, more independent as readers, and more proficient at finding ways to monitor their reading.
This course is intended for teachers of grades K-6, ELA coaches, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, and professional development specialists. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be proficient with email and web-browsing.
This course is divided into seven one-week sessions: an Orientation, and six content-based sessions. Each content session includes readings, activities, and an online discussion among course participants. The time for completing each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
Certificate of Completion and Non-degree Graduate Credit
Upon successful completion of this course, Helping Struggling Readers Improve Reading Comprehension, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University, West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Specific questions about assessment, expectations, or requirements should be directed to the facilitator of this course.
The following criteria will be used to determine successful completion of this course:
Score of 90% of better on the Orientation Quiz;
Participation in all session discussion forums;
Completion of the course’s final project, submitted to the facilitator via the course dropbox(es) and posted in the appropriate discussion forum(s); and
Completion of the orientation and final course surveys.
Readings and Activities
Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Postings will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, overall quality, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.
Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.
This course, Helping Struggling Readers Improve Comprehension, will help participants learn and apply the following Common Core English Language Arts Anchor Standards in their teaching: [show]
In addition, this course will help participants meet the following ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers: [show]
About this Course
This course was developed by EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center, Inc (EDC). EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.
This course cannot be copied or modified without written permission of EDC.
Last update: December, 2014
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