Tomball ISD offers a comprehensive language arts program for all students from kindergarten through Grade 12. Based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the language arts program is organized around six strands: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. Each strand is an integral part of a complete and comprehensive K-12 language arts program.
Tomball ISD Reading Philosophy
We believe that reading is a critical skill central to learning—in school, in the workplace, and in everyday life. While there are many ways to teach reading, we believe in a balanced reading approach where reading instruction focuses on teaching each student rather than teaching a specific reading program. In balanced reading instruction, students are taught how to use the structure of language, how to construct meaning from various texts, and phonics; the relative balance of instruction varies according to students’ reading abilities and needs. In order to accomplish this, a broad range of assessment methods must shape teachers’ instructional decisions. These assessments must allow teachers to intervene early and quickly with appropriate instructional strategies when students do not progress. In addition, we believe reading instruction must be based on the most current research of how children learn to read. In turn, this research-based approach must be the foundation for a continuous, quality reading staff development model within the district. Finally, we believe the school, home, and community, including private businesses, all play crucial roles in supporting literacy and providing balanced reading instruction. By working in collaboration with the above parties, Tomball ISD will be a true community of readers who are committed to the quest of life-long learning.
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