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There are a small number of children who can sound out every word and make it all sound sensible, but who understand very little of what they have ‘read’. Theoretical conclusions and help for teachers.
How much do your students read? Here is a quick way of finding out. Note: this TRT has been designed with New Zealand children in mind. An adaptation could be made for Australian readers, see the previous set item "Measuring Print Exposure in New Zealand Classrooms" for details, and notes.
Researchers and teachers both overseas and in New Zealand are all but unanimous that children should be encouraged to read during and outside school hours. It would appear that New Zealand primary and intermediate teachers are making every attempt to encourage children to read at school. Most New Zealand primary and intermediate classrooms place an emphasis on exposing children to print.