How important are the teacher’s influence and motivation in supporting approaches to reading?
“Any reform in education can only succeed if teachers play a central role in its development”
Lyons interprets the fact that teachers are key motivators for children, and their interactions influence how the children act within the literate classroom. In further addition to this, Cain suggests that teachers can promote success widely in the teaching of reading, including interventions, she also identifies that children who struggle with their reading benefit from synthetic, systematic, and the discrete teaching of phonics and reading. However, Smith debates that it is not the reading process that the majority of children struggle with, it is the instruction that confuses them, however, he states that some children may struggle with reading if there has been failure or confusion in the past. Phinney suggests that when children are in an environment where they are comfortable and have the ability to concentrate, they are more than likely going to engage.
Hall suggests that when teachers are using tools to support children’s learning, they should make it an enjoyable experience, therefore, enabling the children to engage further. Goouch and Lambirth suggest that through practitioners teaching this way, it portrays the strength of their knowledge; therefore, encouraging the children to become more confident in emphasizing their own knowledge.