Building on Progress and Sustaining Growth

by | Feb 22, 2024


In Part 1, we discussed strategies for supporting 3rd-grade students who are reading at kindergarten and first-grade levels. Now, let’s explore additional steps to build on the progress made and sustain growth over time.


  1. Targeted Small-Group Instruction: Implement small-group instruction to provide targeted support to struggling readers while also meeting the needs of other students in your classroom. Group students based on their instructional levels and focus on specific skills and strategies they need to develop. Use differentiated materials, texts, and activities to tailor instruction to each group’s needs.


  1. Intensive Intervention Programs: Consider implementing intensive intervention programs designed to accelerate the reading growth of struggling readers. These programs often include structured, systematic instruction in phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, delivered in small-group or one-on-one settings. Consult with literacy specialists or interventionists to select appropriate intervention materials and resources.


  1. Multi-Sensory Approaches: Continue to incorporate multi-sensory approaches into your instruction to engage students and reinforce learning. Utilize manipulatives, tactile materials, and interactive technology tools to enhance phonics instruction, vocabulary development, and comprehension skills. Provide hands-on activities and experiences that appeal to students’ diverse learning modalities.


  1. Family and Community Engagement: Involve families and caregivers in supporting students’ literacy development at home. Share strategies, resources, and activities that parents can use to reinforce reading skills and encourage a love of reading outside of school. Host family literacy nights, workshops, and events to promote literacy-rich environments and foster partnerships between home and school.


  1. Culturally Relevant Texts: Incorporate culturally relevant texts and diverse literature into your curriculum to reflect the backgrounds and experiences of your students. Select books, stories, and informational texts that feature characters, settings, and themes that resonate with students’ cultural identities and perspectives. Encourage students to see themselves reflected in the books they read and to explore diverse perspectives and voices.


  1. Ongoing Professional Learning: Continue to engage in professional learning and development opportunities to enhance your expertise in literacy instruction and intervention. Attend workshops, conferences, and seminars focused on evidence-based practices in reading instruction. Collaborate with colleagues, literacy coaches, and mentors to share insights, strategies, and resources for supporting struggling readers.


  1. Data-Driven Decision Making: Use data to inform your instructional decisions and track students’ progress over time. Regularly assess students’ reading abilities using formative and summative assessments, and analyze the data to identify trends, areas of growth, and areas for additional support. Adjust your instruction accordingly based on students’ evolving needs and performance.


  1. Celebrate Growth and Milestones: Celebrate students’ growth and achievements in reading, no matter how small. Recognize their effort, perseverance, and progress toward their literacy goals. Create a positive and supportive classroom culture where students feel valued, motivated, and empowered to take ownership of their learning journey.


By implementing these strategies and building on the progress made, you can continue to support the growth and development of struggling readers in your classroom. With your dedication, expertise, and commitment to student success, you can help these 3rd-grade students overcome their reading challenges and reach their full potential as confident and proficient readers.



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