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koppenhaverd
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Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:52
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I would argue that there is no one "correct way" to teach anything. The important issues are whether you are teaching kids to read and spell words with increasing independence in ways that they actually use in reading text, not just the lesson words in isolation. We have moved away from any hand motions with kids with disabilities because we find it terribly inefficient when they apply those strategies in reading text, AND, more important, we find it difficult to unteach the use of "reading fingers," "tap and sweep" strategies, and the like. We avoid metalinguistic approaches that require learning jargon and rules in order to decode for the same reason. Decoding is an applied skill hindered in real text reading by rules and metalanguage (Is that an r-controlled vowel?). And you're absolutely right when you say teachers make a big difference in this regard.

  • Reply to phonics - beasleycm, Fri Oct 14 10:51
    I agree with you. There are so many different ways to teach phonics and I wonder if what I am doing is the correct way. However, if we are giving our students phonics instruction and doing all we can ... more
    • modify the question - koppenhaverd, Mon Oct 17 11:52
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