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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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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: 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

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