Course Listing: Reading

We offer the following courses related to Reading:

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  • Reading Part 1 – Adolescent Focus Grades 7-10

    Reading Part 1 – Adolescent Focus: Grades 7-10 Additional Qualification Course equips teachers to meet the reading comprehension and application needs of in the Intermediate Division. Specifically, it enhances the teacher-candidate’s repertoire for instructing, modeling, encouraging, and supporting learners as they engage in curriculum-based reading tasks and respond to the increasing literacy demands of life in a complex, mediated society. To this end, Reading Part 1 focuses, for example, on approaches to and strategies for comprehension and application such as close reading, analytic reading, text-dependent questioning/inquiry, critical appreciation of perspective and detection of bias in text.

    Prerequisites

    • An undergraduate degree acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers
    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT

    Documents Required

    • NONE
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  • Reading, Part 1

    The Expert Panel Reports on Early Reading have highlighted the importance of literacy. This course will assist you in the development of a balanced literacy program to ensure that children learn to read and read to learn. You will develop a repertoire of practical strategies to enhance balanced literacy, reading effectiveness, and study the development of language and its relation to cognitive development. The following major themes will form the core of this course: the child as reader, the important role of literacy within the total program, the expectations of implementing the new Ministry directions, assessing and evaluating for the provincial report cards, and a study of what is to be learned from standardized testing and how this applies to your students in your classroom. Reading/Literacy is a cross divisional course.

    Prerequisites

    • An undergraduate degree acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers
    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT

    Documents Required

    • NONE
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  • Reading, Part 2

    In this program, you will examine the work of the literacy teacher in terms of both program and instructional practices and the opportunities and challenges faced by teachers in improving literacy. Building upon the foundations you established in Part 1, you will examine the research, enhance your capacity to build a balanced literacy program; receive advanced instruction in the practices of teaching reading, develop strategies to construct meaning and encourage critical thinking. The evaluation and use of children's/adolescent literature, as well as the effective assessment practices for checking progress, evaluation issues and individualized programming, will provide a particular focus. Issues of literacy faced by the classroom teacher, such as the place of phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge in the program, establishing literacy standards, and the role of technology, will be discussed. The focus moves from the classroom to school-wide approaches to literacy.

    Prerequisites

    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 1 completed
    • Minimum ONE year of certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming required teaching experience
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  • Reading, Part 3 Specialist

    In this course, you will focus on the skills and knowledge that prepare specialists for leadership. You will examine the possible role of the Lead Teacher in implementing the Expert Panel Reports Reading and the Technical Guides. As a leader at the divisional, school and district level you will explore: knowledge of current research and best practices in literacy development, current assessment strategies for the classroom, the place of children’s & adolescent literature in the program and school resource centre, cooperation with the teacher-librarian, the design of balanced school-wide literacy programs, literacy in content areas, and general literacy development. You will review current legal and ethical issues. Most importantly, you will review the skills required by those who provide leadership for other teachers in literacy development and the management of change.

    Prerequisites

    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 2 completed
    • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including ONE year in Reading

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience
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