•     Reading Should Be Fun!!

    Mrs.Teresa Sawyer, MTSS K-5 Interventionist


    A Little About Mrs. Teresa Sawyer
     As part of Multi-Tiered System of Supports I will be providing more intensive(Tier 3) reading instructional support for students in kindergarten through 5th grade working one-on-one or in small groups of 3 to 4 students.   I have lived in Moyock for 34 years with my husband of 38 years. My daughter married after college in 2006 and I have two wonderful grandchildren attending school in Currituck County.  
     This begins my 26th year at Moyock Elementary School as a "Highly Qualified" teacher assistant in Currituck County Schools I have taken numerous instructional workshops to include Reading Foundations, Scientifically Based Reading Research, Words Their Way, Readers' Theatre and Fluency, Texas Primary Reading Instruction, Helping Struggling Readers Succeed and MClass Reading 3D interventions.  I attended a wide variety of instructional workshops at the Southeast Regional Reading Recovery Association Conference and North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants Conferences. It is rewarding as I begin my 15th year being able to implement this knowledge with the children I work with each day. I have always believed that each child is an individual and has the potential to learn. Each child will grow and become the best version of themselves. 
     I received the honor of representing NCATA as the North Carolina Teacher Assistant of the Year in 2013-2014.  I was one of the teacher assistant representatives and advisors on the Currituck County Board of Education for the 2014-2015 school year.  My activities in NCATA have expanded this year to include my position as NCATA State President 2019-2021.  I look forward to eagerly greeting my students.  Students will learn with growth mindset to meet each reading strategy they need to master as they learn become a proficient reader.
    How Do Active Readers Read a Book?

    Before reading, active readers:

       * Read (or find out) the title and the author, and look at and think about what they notice

          on the cover and the back of the book

       * Ask: What do I know about this type of text?  This story?  This topic? This author?
       * Take a thoughtful peek in side and predict what the story might be about, or what they might learn 
    During reading, active readers:

       * Read the pictures
       *Read the words they know
       * Use their own words to read a book they've heard before
    After reading, active readers:

       * Ask: What was this book about?
       * Ask: What did I learn?
       * Ask:  What do I understand now that I didn't understand before?
       * Ask: What did I learn about myself as a reader? 
    Borrowed from Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller, 2013

    Look For Clues to Figure Out Words!
    *Look at the pictures! 
    *Cover the word with your finger and read to the end of the sentence. 

        *Go back and think what word would make sense. 
    *Break the word in ½ between double consonants.  (bet/ter) 

    *Clap out the syllables.
    *Look for little words inside the bigger words.
    (in/side) (s/end) (up/on) 
    *Take off the word ending. (-s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er) 
    *Look for Special Sounds:
    ir, ur, er
    ou, ow
    oo, ew
    oi, oy
    au, aw
    th, sh, ch, wh, ph
    *Look for Vowel Pattern: 
     Magic e                      Vowel Pairs                    Closed Vowel

    these                             mean                               sad
    like                               coat                                  bit
    make                            rain                                   rug
    *Make your guess, give it a try, and ask:
    Does it look right? (Do the letter sounds match?)
    Does it sound right?  (Check it.)
    Does it make sense?  (Were you right?)

    One Last Note...

             Thank you for being part of your child’s academic team.  Collaboration of student, parent and teachers makes all the difference in their success.  When we are thinking about reading, we are learning strategies that readers use to construct meaning and decode words to gain comprehension and fluency.  They are becoming lifelong readers.  As a friend of mine has said for years, "Read Something Wonderful Everyday!"


    March 30, 2020 - In addition to missing my Panthers terribly, and feeling sad about not being able to say bye to them, I also worry about them missing critical skills for reading growth during this time out. In addition to that, all of the teachers and support staff were unexpectedly thrown into this concept of “virtual learning” and urged to “do the best you can.”  Just know we care and will be back with you soon...


    In the meantime...

    Here's a chart of reading resources to assist at home:


    Parent Resources for Reading


    The Daily 5


    Reading Rockets


    Resources for Remote Learning


    ***Every child should be encouraged to read books at their individual instructional level for 15-20 minutes every day to maintain consistency while improving reading skills.  Children benefit from being read to from birth to grow their vocabulary.  Reading is an adventure with every word in each new book.


    Here's to a year full of successful reading growth!!!

    Mrs. Teresa Sawyer



Last Modified on March 31, 2020