Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. T. Woodson
My name is Tonya Woodson and I have been teaching for twenty-two and half years. Fourteen of those years have been in first grade and one of those years was in second grade. I am certified in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This is my eighth year teaching Reading Recovery at North Vista Elementary. I also work with first and second grade students who are not reading on grade level in a small reading and writing intervention group. I graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I went on to pursue and earned a Master’s of Education Degree in Remediation from Francis Marion University. In addition, I recently earned another Master's Degree from Coker College in Literacy Studies. I am very excited to be here and I am very excited to start teaching and working with your child in Reading Recovery!
What is Reading Recovery?
Reading Recovery is a one-one-one instructional intervention for first time first graders who have difficulties learning to read. These struggling students receive one-one-one instruction in reading and writing 30 minutes each day for approximately 12 to 20 weeks. Every lesson incorporates learning about letter/sound relationships. Children are taught to segment sounds and work with spelling patterns. Reading Recovery encourages comprehension and problem solving with print so that decoding is purposeful and students read fluently. The goal of the program is to bring these children's literacy skills within average range of their peer's achievements.
The Reading Recovery Lesson
A Reading Recovery lesson incorporates elements of effective reading instruction as outlined by the National Reading Panel. The basic lesson format consists of five parts that include the following:
1. Familiar Reading--child reads two or three books to discover new understandings about the text not attended to during the first reading
2. Running Record--student reads the previous day's new book while the teacher records the students' responses
3. Make and Break--child uses analogies, onsets, and rhymes to decode words
4. Writing--student generates and records a story thereby increasing his/her ability to hear sounds in words and to pay attention to the visual aspects of print
5. New Book--student applies reading strategies to new text