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What to Expect as a Master Reading Teacher

A teacher with a Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certification knows that literacy learning is about more than teaching content. Master reading teachers must create independent learners with critical thinking skills, and the educators have to adapt the curriculum to their learners’ needs. Master reading teachers know how the reading process works and apply that knowledge in many different ways. One of which is targeting each student’s needs to develop literacy in a broader sense. Teachers with MRTs do not just do the same things they have always done; they take advantage of professional development programs such as the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies, in which they can earn a Master Teacher Certification.

Seven Principles of Being a Master Reading Teacher

  1. Start where students are.
  2. Know where students are going.
  3. Expect to get students to their goal.
  4. Support students along the way.
  5. Use feedback.
  6. Focus on quality, not quantity.
  7. Never work harder than your students.

A Day in the Life of a Master Reading Teacher

A master reading teacher may start their day by reading a few chapters of the new Jennifer Serravallo book The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers. Then they head to school early to take a quick look at the results of the previous week’s reading assessments. These results will help this teacher adjust the week’s lesson plans to be sure they meet the current needs of the students. After a data review, this teacher may check in with other teachers to see if they have any reading questions or needs for the week.

The first student of the day has trouble paying attention to the assigned story. The master reading teacher must help him slow down and make connections instead of focusing on sounding out the words. After that is a small group of students that needs work on fluency. These students use a tool that covers up words as they read so they are forced to move forward in their reading and trust their skills. Later, the master reading teacher will meet with a grade level team of teachers to share some strategies for close reading.

Students and teachers will flow in and out of the master reading teacher’s day. One of the best parts of being a master reading teacher is that you get to use all the skills you are learning in your online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction immediately by sharing them with students and colleagues. You can create a new perspective for your district and become known as the go-to teacher for reading advice.

Why Become a Master Reading Teacher

Teachers’ lives are made infinitely easier when they have access to a full toolbox of skills and strategies to help them overcome the challenges they face. Leading the way to great reading is one of the more positive paths for district change. When teachers make the decision to pursue an online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies, they make the decision to be leaders in education. Master reading teachers are helping students one at a time, but they are also affecting teachers, classrooms, administrators and school districts by showing that learning how to teach reading is an ongoing process.

Teachers with an MRT are focused on student learning. They are experts in reading and in their practice. Those who decide to participate in ongoing professional development may consider an online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies as one way to achieve mastery. Teachers with the Master Reading Teacher Certification are leaders in the reading community.

Learn more about the University of Texas at Arlington’s online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Master Reading Teacher Certification with an emphasis on Literacy Studies.


ASCD: How to Think Like a Master Teacher

Heinemann: The Reading Strategies Book

Edutopia: What Makes for a Master Teacher?

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