Reading Rockets provides online reading resources for teachers, parents, librarians, and other school professionals. This site is sponsored by PBS. The homepage of this site provides links for all types of users to find information about teaching students how to read. This includes a FAQs section that features a new reading-related question every day, links to blogs on best practices in teaching reading and top literature picks for kids. There is also general information including book lists, reading strategies, and research-based guides. I particularly liked the Video and Podcasts section which included informational videos about various hot-topics in reading education such as how to get students engaged in reading in this digital era. There were also video interviews with some of the most popular authors today.
For Parents Page
The For Parents Page provides specific information about reading strategies that parents can implement with their children. There are ideas for working with younger children who are learning to begin to read along with school-aged children who can read together with family or friends at home. There are great links and ideas provided for seasonal reading like winter fun reading or how to help improve reading over the summer. Another section on this page provides parents with tips on how to communicate with the teacher about reading and academic progress in the classroom. There are also gift ideas for books to buy children of various ages, reading levels, and interests. One of the most useful sections on this page provided information for parents to determine weak areas and help their struggling reader. One of these links is a great television show to encourage these struggling readers from ages 7-12 through music, animation, and fun kid-related concepts on PBS also called Reading Rockets.
The For Teachers Page offers reading strategies and lessons for the classroom. Some of the information is the same for both teachers and parents including information on how to help struggling readers, access to the Reading Rockets blogs on children’s literature and best practices on reading. It also has the flip-side of information about how teachers can communicate and build meaningful relationships with parents.
One of the differences in the teacher page is that there is information about professional development opportunities that can be used to further your educational reading knowledge. Much of this information is presented through webcasts on various reading topics like tutoring programs, ELLs, summer reading, teaching writing, and students with disabilities. One of the video professional development links is available online and is also aired on PBS called Launching Young Reader. This series is hosted by famous actors and actresses and covers top authors, illustrators, and books for children along with reading strategies and family activities to encourage reading based on the latest research.
One of the most useful pages under the teacher’s page is the classroom strategies page. They provide an annotated list of all of the reading strategies broken down into the main reading categories. You can quickly see when the skill should be used before, during, or after reading. When you select the strand you are teaching about, it provides you with an explanation of what the skill is, examples of how you can incorporate it into your classroom, books that you can use to teach this skill, differentiated instruction options, and the research data that backs the strategy. I would recommend this page to all teachers no matter what subject or grade level they teach now.
This is a great website to learn about reading instruction and how you can implement strategies to help children both at school and at home to become lifelong lovers of reading.
Article By Laura Ketcham