Beginning teachers must also have the knowledge of how to assess a student’s reading comprehension. Assessment should be dynamic and ongoing which allows the reader to make metacognitive decisions whilst reading. It is very important to also note that while assessing a student one must not concentrate on what the student cannot do but more on what they can do. A teacher should not concentrate on word processing skills too much as an assessment of a reader’s performance. This was clear during my teaching experience when a student seemed to be struggling with their reading but once I investigated further, they had tremendous skills in other areas. Using what the child can do to reinvigorate and connect back to content is a much more appropriate way than concentrating on what they can’t do.
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