From my new blog

Literacy and Me

How many times, as a teacher, have I heard a parent complain, “My student reads quite well; however, he never comprehends or retains what he read”? For many years in public schools, teachers broke down comprehension into its component parts and gave students a worksheet on that individual skill, isolating it from other skills or even from the paragraph/story they’d read. At least in our school district, AISD, the trend is away from pointless exercises like the aforementioned, which often cause students to hate reading. It is my feeling that we need to measure comprehension in a story or an article in a “gulp,” not individual “sips.”

One method I used back in the 80’s when I taught sixth grade language arts in an elementary school setting was to give a five question “quiz,” sometimes in written form, sometimes orally. Here is a breakdown of the five questions covered:

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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