Literacy and Me

The August 14th, 2018’s Houston Chronicle, included this excellent article by Esther J. Cepeda (Writer forThe Washington Post) on the editorial page. She states that the most often heard request at a parent-teacher conference is they want “Johnny” to read better. She continues:

“Difficulties with reading are a major roadblock to students’ overall academic success, and the statistics are startling.” She gives averages, and points out that statistics for “black, Hispanic, and Native American-Pacific Islander students are even lower.”  “Nearly a third of all fourth graders failed to reach a ” basic” level of reading ability, according to a 2017 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ Nation’s Report Card on Reading.”

Of specific interest to this former junior high language arts teacher, is the statistic from this same 2017 report that “by eighth grade nearly a quarter of students still didn’t have such basic skills as identifying statements…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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