Teachers report on writes and wrongs of their uni education
Sunday, 3 February 2019
https://thewest.com.au/news/education/t ... 881084862z
The explicit instruction method teaches concepts in small, systematic steps, checking regularly for understanding, to help transfer students’ learning from their short-term to long-term memory.
Dr Hammond said many people believed that learning to read was a natural process, like learning to talk. But research showed children needed to be explicitly taught how to connect sounds with letters using phonics.
She said it was a problem that many academics were not up to date with the science underpinning effective reading teaching.
“You can’t teach what you don’t know,” Dr Hammond said. “The universities will say every beginning teacher is aware they ought to be teaching phonics, however, it’s how to teach it that they are not taught.