My name is Ginny Curtis, and I am Ranger’s Reading Specialist. I work with students in Kindergarten through grade 4 who need extra support in literacy. Reasons students need support are numerous! Sometimes children need to fill in a gap in their learning, while others need preteaching, reteaching or a different approach to be secure in literacy skills and concepts. Often times, children need just a little more time and exposure to a concept. That’s where I come in! I confer with the classroom teacher, discussing the child, his/her performance on assessments and in class. We talk often to be certain we’re supporting children the best we can.
Students meet in small groups in my room, working on not only the areas in which they need support, but on those that should be reinforced. We meet 2 – 3 times per week for 30 minutes a session. Students who receive support from me are also supported in their regular classroom and participate in literacy lessons from their classroom teachers.
In addition to my small group work, I am very fortunate to be trained as Reading Recovery teacher. Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention (12- 20 weeks) designed to help first graders who need additional instruction in learning to read. Reading Recovery lessons are one-on-one sessions every day and are for 30 minutes.
Parents/guardians are our students’ first and best teachers! I’m often asked what can be done at home to support literacy. One simple answer: READ! J Anytime, anywhere! If you’d like more specific suggestions or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 624-8467 or at email@example.com.