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NSU Reading Clinic

Dr. Timothy Houge, Director

Gerber 147
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D.  57401
Phone: 605-626-3169

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Reading Clinic Resources for Education Majors
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Reading Triangle




Lesson Plans

Sample Elementary School Lesson Plan 


Sample Middle School Lesson Plan





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What is the reading clinic?
The reading clinic is a place where students who are majoring in elementary, secondary, or special education obtain experience with administering informal and formal assessment, writing lessons plans, and tutoring a child from our local community or state or other states.  These tutoring sessions are meant to help the child become a better reader and writer. You are expected to tutor the same child for approximately 14 one-hour tutoring sessions throughout the semester.  These tutoring sessions may be scheduled any time betwee 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. twice a week.  You choose whether you want to tutor on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday each week.
When do I register for this course?
The course number and title of the reading clinic practicum is ELED 395 Reading Clinic Practicum I and is a requirement for all elementary education majors.  Special education majors/minors and reading minors also will enroll in SEED 395 Reading Practicum II.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
To register for the reading clinic practicum, you must have been admitted into teacher education.  This means that you have fulfilled requirements in general education and have taken, and passed, the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in your freshman and sophomore years.  In addition, you must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.60.
Why is this a valuable experience?
Northern State University is the only South Dakota state university to offer a reading clinic practicum for undergraduates under the supervision and guidance of a reading specialist.  As a tutor, you will gain experience writing lessons plans, make decisions regarding the type and level of text with which you will be instructing, meet with parents to discuss their child’s strengths and weaknesses, etc.
You also will learn how to administer formal and informal assessment, read the results, and use them to guide your instruction.  Using formal and informal assessment tools in a one-on-one situation will prepare you to use the tools successfully as a classroom teacher.
Finally, keep in mind that this supervised clinical experience - occuring in a reading clinic on the university campus - can only be obtained here at Northern.  No other state university in South Dakota has a clinical experience of this magnitude as a part of their educational coursework. By choosing to obtain your Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern, you are choosing to gain experience that no other bachelor of science major from any other state institution in South Dakota can claim. 
What will I do during a typical tutoring session?
Your responsibility includes formal and informal assessments and identifying a set of skills your child lacks while reading, spelling, or writing - lessons that occur inside of our reading clinic are developed based on this information. You'll determine, or help students determine, specific literacy needs and design and implement all literacy instruction. Your supervisor, Dr. Houge, will make suggestions, answers questions, examine and alter (if necessary) all lesson plans prior to implementation, offer guidance in the form of modeling, and help you select guided oral reading texts.
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