Inspiring Instruction: What It Means for Your Child

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Since 1970, the Institute of Reading Development has been dedicated to one thing: making reading a central, vital part of life for children and adults. We offer programs that give students of all ages the skills they need to immerse themselves in great books and develop a lifelong love of reading. In partnership with over 100 colleges, universities and other educational organizations nationwide, we’ve taught valuable reading skills to nearly three million students.

As a result of our unique mission and extensive experience, our current reading programs stand out from any other educational program available. Our ‘Inspiring Instruction’ brings together a continuously updated curriculum, the best books, and excellent, highly trained teachers with a passion for books and reading. This one-of-a-kind combination produces noticeable results and turns students into enthusiastic readers set up for success in school and beyond. In fact, it is the overall impact of our instruction that will really inspire your child.

Let me explain what I mean.

The Right Skills

To begin, we will teach your child the grade-specific reading skills he or she needs to succeed in school next year and grow into a strong reader who loves great books. Whether your child is struggling to keep up in school, already on track with reading, or exceeding expectations, our program will meet your child where he or she is. Your son or daughter will be appropriately challenged and experience success at every step.

We teach essential reading skills by blending in-class instruction from a terrific teacher with fun online lessons between classes. In class, your child will enjoy learning new skills during engaging instruction and dynamic group activities. Between classes, highly interactive online lessons will keep your child focused and provide everything he or she needs to continue growing as a reader. During our program, your child will read and practice skills regularly – even daily – and make great progress.

The reading skills taught in our summer program will help your child succeed academically and will go a long way toward building your child’s confidence as a reader. When your child’s reading skills are strong, it will make reading easier, more enjoyable, and more productive. Your child will eagerly look to books as a source of knowledge and inspiration and want to continue reading and improving, even after the program is over.

The Right Books

At the heart of our curriculum are carefully selected books at the right level of difficulty for students in each grade. As your child reads these outstanding books, he or she will get lots of practice applying the skills learned during weekly classes and interactive online lessons.

But for us, the program books serve as much more than material for skills practice. The books in our program are full of compelling characters and exciting adventures. They will engage your child’s imagination in a way that only books can – through the thrilling, almost magical experience of being ‘lost’ in a good book. We know the power that wonderful, captivating books have to inspire and shape your child.

Great and good books help us, as parents and teachers, guide young people to the higher values and truths in life. And we know that development toward these higher things is not a given, not in our world today, not ever. It’s a joy to be a parent, to watch our children grow, but it’s always challenging and often hard. We need all the help we can get.

Paul Copperman, Founder and President of the Institute of Reading Development

To quote the Institute’s founder and president, Paul Copperman, “Good, age-appropriate literature can help form a young person’s character. These great and good books help us, as parents and teachers, guide young people to the higher values and truths in life. And we know that development toward these higher things is not a given, not in our world today, not ever. It’s a joy to be a parent, to watch our children grow, but it’s always challenging and often hard. We need all the help we can get.”

Our program will help your child develop into a reader who is able not only to understand great books, but also to experience and learn from them on a deeper, more profound level.

The Right Experience

Great experiences don’t just happen, even in great books. That’s where our knowledgeable, passionate teachers come in.

We train our teacher to lead activities and discussions that bring kids ‘inside’ the books they are reading for a unique, immersive experience. From the first class, our reading teachers will make the program books come alive for your child. Getting students to talk about books with their peers is at the core of this instruction.

Leading discussions is our specialty, and discussing books with peers is something children rarely get to do. In our programs, students start by talking about each book as a group, giving them the opportunity to relive the story and solidify their comprehension. The teacher builds stronger comprehension by reviewing what the students just read, making sure that they understand the sequence of events clearly and that everyone in class notices important details.

After establishing comprehension as a group, the teacher will ask each student to make personal connections between the story and his or her own life. When children speak about books as individuals, they actively deepen their understanding. They reflect on the deeper issues raised in the book, and how what they’re reading might apply to them.

Every student participates. Every student speaks. Every student is heard.

Through guided discussion, students have successful experiences understanding and talking about books. When they return to reading following discussion, they do so with a strengthened sense of comprehension and connection. This sets them up to experience the book from the inside, identifying with the characters and fully engaging with their experiences.

This means they are ready for the ultimate experience we hope they have as readers: the joyful and life-changing experience of being ‘lost’ in a good book.

The Right Results

We refer to the experience of getting lost in a good book as “absorption.” When children get absorbed in books, they live the main character’s adventures as their own. The real world falls away. Your child may visit a faraway place or live in another time in history, just by participating in the imaginatively recreated world of a book.

Starting with the very youngest students, who are just learning to read, our programs establish a love of books and reading that puts students on the path to absorption. We teach all of our students the skills that lead to more success with reading, give them practice using those skills in great books, and then guide them to understand and enjoy what they are reading on a deeper level. In the end, our emphasis on understanding and experiencing books leads to absorption. Many students get absorbed in a book for the first time in our program.

I remember one of our high school classes that I taught myself, some years ago. An initially unenthusiastic student came to the last class meeting a few minutes early. We talked for a few seconds, and then he pulled out his book and began reading. He was on the book’s final pages.

Other students filed in, and he took no notice as I greeted them. I got ready to start class. Eventually I said, “OK, let’s get started,” and looked at him, on the final pages of his book, still taking no notice of the others around him, turning the pages so that his eye immediately jumped from the end of one page to the beginning of the other. Only two pages left…

I decided to tell the class, “Actually, I need a few more minutes.” I just had to let that student have the uninterrupted experience of absorption for the first time in his life. It was that important.

Absorption will make reading meaningful and expand your child’s horizons. Great books deal with themes your child can relate to, such as growing up, facing fears, and navigating friendships. When readers identify with a character who’s going through these things, they enter the character’s mind and get to think and feel in new ways. This gives children a deeper understanding of other people and of themselves.

The Overall Impact

As you can see, it is the overall impact of our unique approach to reading instruction – the skills we teach in our curriculum, the books we choose, our skilled and passionate teachers, as well as our emphasis on experiencing books – that is so inspiring for our students.

Students who feel the joy of being lost in a good book once naturally want to have that same experience again – they are motivated to read more. Reading more and more books is formative: your child will identify with many unique characters and how they handle the ups and downs of life. This will expand your child’s imagination of what is possible and help your child grow into the best version of who you want them to be in the world. This is what we hope our instruction inspires in every child, adolescent, and adult we teach.

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The Right Skills

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The Right Books

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The Right Experience

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The Right Results

Doug Evans started out as a reading teacher in 1995 and spent more than a decade training teachers to provide inspiring instruction. He is currently the CEO of the Institute of Reading Development.

Since 1970, the Institute of Reading Development has been dedicated to one thing: making reading a central, vital part of life for children and adults. We offer programs that give students of all ages the skills they need to immerse themselves in great books and develop a lifelong love of reading. In partnership with over 100 colleges, universities and other educational organizations nationwide, we’ve taught valuable reading skills to nearly three million students.

As a result of our unique mission and extensive experience, our current reading programs stand out from any other educational program available. Our ‘Inspiring Instruction’ brings together a continuously updated curriculum, the best books, and excellent, highly trained teachers with a passion for books and reading. This one-of-a-kind combination produces noticeable results and turns students into enthusiastic readers set up for success in school and beyond. In fact, it is the overall impact of our instruction that will really inspire your child.

Let me explain what I mean.

The Right Skills

To begin, we will teach your child the grade-specific reading skills he or she needs to succeed in school next year and grow into a strong reader who loves great books. Whether your child is struggling to keep up in school, already on track with reading, or exceeding expectations, our program will meet your child where he or she is. Your son or daughter will be appropriately challenged and experience success at every step.

We teach essential reading skills by blending in-class instruction from a terrific teacher with fun online lessons between classes. In class, your child will enjoy learning new skills during engaging instruction and dynamic group activities. Between classes, highly interactive online lessons will keep your child focused and provide everything he or she needs to continue growing as a reader. During our program, your child will read and practice skills regularly – even daily – and make great progress.

The reading skills taught in our summer program will help your child succeed academically and will go a long way toward building your child’s confidence as a reader. When your child’s reading skills are strong, it will make reading easier, more enjoyable, and more productive. Your child will eagerly look to books as a source of knowledge and inspiration and want to continue reading and improving, even after the program is over.

The Right Books

At the heart of our curriculum are carefully selected books at the right level of difficulty for students in each grade. As your child reads these outstanding books, he or she will get lots of practice applying the skills learned during weekly classes and interactive online lessons.

But for us, the program books serve as much more than material for skills practice. The books in our program are full of compelling characters and exciting adventures. They will engage your child’s imagination in a way that only books can – through the thrilling, almost magical experience of being ‘lost’ in a good book. We know the power that wonderful, captivating books have to inspire and shape your child.

To quote the Institute’s founder and president, Paul Copperman, “Good, age-appropriate literature can help form a young person’s character. These great and good books help us, as parents and teachers, guide young people to the higher values and truths in life. And we know that development toward these higher things is not a given, not in our world today, not ever. It’s a joy to be a parent, to watch our children grow, but it’s always challenging and often hard. We need all the help we can get.”

Our program will help your child develop into a reader who is able not only to understand great books, but also to experience and learn from them on a deeper, more profound level.

The Right Experience

Great experiences don’t just happen, even in great books. That’s where our knowledgeable, passionate teachers come in.

We train our teacher to lead activities and discussions that bring kids ‘inside’ the books they are reading for a unique, immersive experience. From the first class, our reading teachers will make the program books come alive for your child. Getting students to talk about books with their peers is at the core of this instruction.

Leading discussions is our specialty, and discussing books with peers is something children rarely get to do. In our programs, students start by talking about each book as a group, giving them the opportunity to relive the story and solidify their comprehension. The teacher builds stronger comprehension by reviewing what the students just read, making sure that they understand the sequence of events clearly and that everyone in class notices important details.

After establishing comprehension as a group, the teacher will ask each student to make personal connections between the story and his or her own life. When children speak about books as individuals, they actively deepen their understanding. They reflect on the deeper issues raised in the book, and how what they’re reading might apply to them.

Every student participates. Every student speaks. Every student is heard.

Great and good books help us, as parents and teachers, guide young people to the higher values and truths in life. And we know that development toward these higher things is not a given, not in our world today, not ever. It’s a joy to be a parent, to watch our children grow, but it’s always challenging and often hard. We need all the help we can get.

Paul Copperman, Founder and President of the Institute of Reading Development

Through guided discussion, students have successful experiences understanding and talking about books. When they return to reading following discussion, they do so with a strengthened sense of comprehension and connection. This sets them up to experience the book from the inside, identifying with the characters and fully engaging with their experiences.

This means they are ready for the ultimate experience we hope they have as readers: the joyful and life-changing experience of being ‘lost’ in a good book.

The Right Results

We refer to the experience of getting lost in a good book as “absorption.” When children get absorbed in books, they live the main character’s adventures as their own. The real world falls away. Your child may visit a faraway place or live in another time in history, just by participating in the imaginatively recreated world of a book.

Starting with the very youngest students, who are just learning to read, our programs establish a love of books and reading that puts students on the path to absorption. We teach all of our students the skills that lead to more success with reading, give them practice using those skills in great books, and then guide them to understand and enjoy what they are reading on a deeper level. In the end, our emphasis on understanding and experiencing books leads to absorption. Many students get absorbed in a book for the first time in our program.

I remember one of our high school classes that I taught myself, some years ago. An initially unenthusiastic student came to the last class meeting a few minutes early. We talked for a few seconds, and then he pulled out his book and began reading. He was on the book’s final pages.

Other students filed in, and he took no notice as I greeted them. I got ready to start class. Eventually I said, “OK, let’s get started,” and looked at him, on the final pages of his book, still taking no notice of the others around him, turning the pages so that his eye immediately jumped from the end of one page to the beginning of the other. Only two pages left…

I decided to tell the class, “Actually, I need a few more minutes.” I just had to let that student have the uninterrupted experience of absorption for the first time in his life. It was that important.

Absorption will make reading meaningful and expand your child’s horizons. Great books deal with themes your child can relate to, such as growing up, facing fears, and navigating friendships. When readers identify with a character who’s going through these things, they enter the character’s mind and get to think and feel in new ways. This gives children a deeper understanding of other people and of themselves.

The Overall Impact

As you can see, it is the overall impact of our unique approach to reading instruction – the skills we teach in our curriculum, the books we choose, our skilled and passionate teachers, as well as our emphasis on experiencing books – that is so inspiring for our students.

Students who feel the joy of being lost in a good book once naturally want to have that same experience again – they are motivated to read more. Reading more and more books is formative: your child will identify with many unique characters and how they handle the ups and downs of life. This will expand your child’s imagination of what is possible and help your child grow into the best version of who you want them to be in the world. This is what we hope our instruction inspires in every child, adolescent, and adult we teach.

Z

The Right Skills

Z

The Right Books

Z

The Right Experience

Z

The Right Results

Doug Evans started out as a reading teacher in 1995 and spent more than a decade training teachers to provide inspiring instruction. He is currently the CEO of the Institute of Reading Development.