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I am an educator, a long time educator but have a puzzle that defies solution. It is the teaching of reading. How to teach reading?

App. 25% or more of 3rd grade students in Tenn. are not proficient readers by the third grade. Rather then catch up they fall further and further behind. School systems present a one size fits all approach to the teaching of reading and so do preparatory institutions of higher learning. My professional concerns are many but is there a single teaching approach to successful reading ability or is it a multi modality approach as I believe?

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Closing Statement from Robert Brooks

The comments received, though timely and instructive, were not the intended. The usual teaching of reading will not be enough the depth of deprivation so many of these children experience when entering school for the first time. My thoughts revolve around a testing mechanism to determine both skill sets and deficits and then, in small groups, teach a program based on phonics and whole language with an eclectic abundance of experiences using language; building vocabulary and teaching to the whole child. The concept of teaching is not to impart knowledge but to inspire learners by providing learning experiences that touch the modalities of aural, oral, tactile and kinesthetic..

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    Sep 26 2013: True some learn out of curiosity Just like the initiative by Sugata "Hole in the wall" and then there is interest which develop much later but the important thing is irrespective of methods one should provide good foundation with clear concepts.
  • Sep 26 2013: Mpst, if not all of these so-called inner city children will be boys, black and poor. Mothers, etc on welfare, food stamps and uneducated perhaps having a hatred for the school and their own experience. There must be a "way" to both motivate and immerse the chlld in a rich curriculum but how. I am able to recognize and am able to determine learning styles quickly but this program begs for an inclusive dimension ..
  • Sep 26 2013: Good luck and a great topic that needs to be discussed.

    1. Home life and support are key to reading
    2. trying to get a solution is a lot easier early on than trying to help, say in high school
    3. i found phonics or some derivation worked well as a starting point but needed to be expanded to keep the interest of the student.
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    Sep 25 2013: Hi Robert.

    There seems to be many ways to teach reading.

    I personally have taught many children the many aspects of reading.....phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, fluency, comprehension, etc.

    A publication that really helped me quite a bit as an educator, was a free publication from the state of Florida Dept. of Education.

    This is a great subject to discuss.
    I'll see if I can find the brochure I mentioned, and come back and tell you the name.
    It's a great read........
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    Sep 26 2013: multi modal I think, but it can be promoted across the spectrum of classes. Word problems in math, written descriptions of plays (from different perspectives and voices?) for sports, one thing that is needed is to promote a period of time when people read something interesting to them, and yes that would include erotica if thats what it takes to get reading and reading comprehension into better condition, I also think of projects like the band BAD RELIGION which promised a certain number of SAT words per song and that sort of thing. My son has begun to become a reader because he never see's me without a book. Giving everyone written instructions for a complicated task with out any pictures would be good as well like writing down the step by step instructions to an observed task and then having to try and recreate it from own instructions
  • Sep 26 2013: Just as is true of spelling there are several books from Bandler and Grinder in the "80's that deal with this. I don't think the education establishment really wants to deal with education much. Also, Scottish Rite Hospital has some good materials.
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    Sep 26 2013: In addition to what Mary suggests, I would check for vision problems and for dyslexia. Many bright young kids have suffered through school thinking they were stupid and "faking it," who did not know they were dyslexic.
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    Sep 26 2013: These folks have an interesting program underway: http://www.wral.com/unintelligible-signs-promote-literacy-project/12923421/