I thought I would share CTELL'S 12 PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE LITERACY INSTRUCTION. My eyes scanned over them recently, and it reminded me of their use. (The list can also be found at the Literacy Glossary)
CTELL (Case Technologies to Enhance Literacy Learning)  provides a list of the twelve principles of effective literacy learning that complement those included in the essential pillars for literacy development. CTELL's list include the following:
- Connecting literacy instruction with the linguistic, cultural, home backgrounds of the learner:
- Developing emergent literacy skills, behaviours and attitudes;
- Phonemic awareness instruction;
- Decoding instruction;
- Comprehension instruction;
- Independent reading;
- Fluency instruction;
- Integrating reading and writing activities to enhance the learning of both;
- Encouraging enthusiasm for reading and writing;
- Using technology wisely with early literacy development;
- Assessing early and providing appropriate instructional intervention; and
- Developing teachers’ knowledge, analytical skills and abilities to orchestrate the many facets of language, literacy and learning.
- Henry, L. A., Castek, J., Roberts, L., Coiro, J., & Leu, D. J. (2004). Case technologies to enhance literacy learning: A new model for early literacy teacher preparation. Knowledge Quest, 33(2), 26-29.