Why Should We Walk-to-Read?
There are several reason why schools should implement a walk-to-read program. First, it creates an opportunity for more targeted instruction. Is also encourages teachers to view students collectively as ‘our students’. And most importantly, it is the best way for administrators to ensure that small group instruction is happening on a daily basis.
When a walk-to-read program is implemented, each intervention block can be flooded with extra instructors. More instructors means smaller group sizes and more targeted instruction. Smaller group sizes and more targeted instruction lead to increased effectiveness.
Another benefit of the walk-to-read model is the increase in collective ownership. Instead of viewing students as ‘your students’ or ‘my students’, teachers view students as ‘our students’. When executed, grade-level teams begin to think and act as a cohesive unit, brainstorming and problem-solving in new, powerful ways.
Finally, the single best way for administrators and teachers to ensure that targeted small group instruction is happening on a daily basis is to implement a walk-to-read program. Students that do not reach benchmark status on DIBELS by the end of first grade are seventy percent more likely to end up imprisoned or impoverished as adults. DIBELS scores are tied to instruction, not the student. It is imperative that students are getting the targeted, specific instruction they so desperately need to be successful and implementing a walk-to-read program increases the likelihood of this happening on a daily basis.