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Rachel Caldwell
Quality of Life
Fri May 29, 2015 12:35

I agree with Jacob, while I think saying that this would interfere with students' quality of life is a big accusation, I do see what the author meant. Like you said Jacob, we often take for granted how easily reading and comprehension comes to us. It would be hard if you struggled with seeing the big picture or understanding figurative language, but I do believe that we all have areas that are harder but we find ways to cope with those challenges. For example, the Smith article talked about the importance of reading aloud versus silently for some students and how their instructional and frustration levels differed between the two. In thinking about it and the comment made at the beginning of this article, if we can help our students see where their difficulties lie and find ways to make reading easier and more understandable (like reading texts out loud), then we can help them achieve greater freedom and ease as they move past our class. Reading is an important part of our everyday lives, and if we can help our students find ways that work for them, we can undoubtedly improve their quality of life.

  • Re: Quality of Life - hinesjd, Fri May 29 10:38
    I too thought that was a very bold statement to make to begin an article. I can understand where they are coming from because literacy skills are something you and I use everyday (we are often... more
    • Quality of Life - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:35
    • Re: Quality of Life - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:02
      Thank you for your comments. I was wondering if that statement caused others to stop and think... I agree that it could effect the students difficulty in functioning in certain situations, but not... more
      • Re: Quality of Life - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:31
        I read this article and made note of this exact phrase. "Literacy skills, especially silent reading comprehension, serve as the foundation for learning, independence, and quality of life for all... more
        • reply: Quality of life - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 23:05
          I like your spin on the statement Kelsie, that reading is a foundation of quality of life, but does it necessary have to be independent reading? I can somewhat agree with the author in the way that... more
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