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Maggie Horne
Reply to Tracy
Sat May 30, 2015 15:11

Tracy, this is a great question. It is extremely important to give our students a choice of what they read and to use a balanced literacy approach. I have seen this done successfully with one student, but it took many different tries to get there. The problem that I have seen is that if a student as a restricted interest than it is difficult to get them to become interested in the other things that you would like them to read. Students should be able to actively explore their interests, but how is the best way to balance that? I think that it changes with every student.

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