“Too ManyChildren Struggle with Reading” Part II

Literacy and Me

In her article on the editorial page of Tuesday, August 14th, 2018’s Houston Chronicle, Esther J. Cepeda describes the problem of home involvement in a child’s reading skills development: “The inconsistency in home support is magnified when you factor in the preparation that teachers bring to the singularly crucial task of reading instruction.” She goes on to describe the standards and certification requirements of reading teachers in several states, and her opinion seems to be that those requirements do not help teachers  or their students with reading instruction. (Her statistics and examples are worth reading.)

She ends her discussion of teacher accountability  and the requirements students are held to by standardized testing with these words: “It seems like plain common sense that all states should require elementary teachers and special-education teacher candidates to prove they can produce the highest number of successful readers.”  Here is where Cepeda and I part…

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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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