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Re: Struggling Readers and Tech
Wed Nov 25, 2015 06:09

The article "Struggling Readers and Technology" discussed the continued difficulty in meeting the needs of all students in the general education classroom. The first year teacher applies sound strategies in her classroom. By identifying the reading levels of her students, she begins each student on the path of success. By grouping students who are reading the same text, she is providing a way for book talks and sharing of strengths. The administrator in the second article provided students with texts that allowed them to access their own prior knowledge on subject areas. So often, striving readers are unable to participate in class room discussions of text because they are unable to read the text and do not have any information to share on books they have no prior knowledge about. Every year, some one in Avery County is teaching the book Where the Red Fern Grows because the majority of our students either have hunting dogs or know some one who does. The same foundation is required for students in urban areas. AR is an older technology system that met some of the academic needs of students but did not meet the social needs of students. Children who read texts of higher lexile levels received more points than those who did not. This encouraged students with higher reading levels, but left striving readers feeling dejected. I often heard students compare points. Research of technology is required by instructors before implementation. Often educators are like" raccoons with shiny objects in a bottle". They reach in to new concept and implement it. When the system is not applicable to their students, they attempt to" remove their hand out of the bottle." This is a problem because they have invested money into the application of this technology in which they no longer wish to use.

  • Struggling Readers and Tech - amanda grindstaff, Thu Nov 19 21:29
    I just finished reading the article entitled Struggling Readers and Technology. It is a short article about mostly inner city individuals incorporating technology into their classroom/programs. The... more
    • Re: Struggling Readers and Tech - byrdaw, Wed Nov 25 06:09
      • Re: - Amanda grindstaff, Sat Dec 5 06:43
        I'll be honest though I don't feel like it's the teacher investing and spending the money as much as it's administration and I feel like in the past few years we have gotten better at sticking with... more
        • Re: - candithompson, Tue Dec 8 15:34
          I understand what you are saying. I see this now with the program they have stared at BE. The 4th and 5th graders are the only ones that are being recognized and the K-1 students are heartbroken and... more
        • AR Program - Melanie McLeod, Mon Dec 7 05:55
          Amanda: I agree with you. I think the AR Program could be a great supplemental program to the literacy curriculum. However, I think the success for all students depends on the teacher's "marketing"... more
      • AR/ Points - Megan Gouge, Sun Nov 29 20:41
        We started something similar to AR at BE this year. Students earn points for reading different books. It doesn't matter if it is a book for homework, a book at school or a book on the iPad. Some of... more
        • Re:AR - joanneabrams, Tue Dec 1 22:16
          I remember about 10 years ago we had a point system for AR. Exactly what you mentioned you witnessed with a young reader would frequently be the case at our school as well. Eventually a decision was... more
          • Re:AR - Martha_Brown, Sun Dec 6 23:29
            Your idea for teachers setting weekly or monthly goals for students is great. Each student would be working towards their own goal and this would be very motivating yet they would not be pressured to ... more
            • AR - walshjm2, Tue Dec 8 17:24
              I also like the idea of setting goals for each child individually. This way they are working against themselves and they aren't worried about who has the most points and stressing over it. I remember ... more
        • Re: AR/ Points - candithompson, Mon Nov 30 20:22
          That would be awesome to have a system online. I have thought about trying to start something in my room, because my kids are so excited about earning points and are reading a lot for the new reading ... more
      • Technology and implementation - haleyferrell, Sat Nov 28 22:15
        I like your analogy about teachers/administrators being like raccoons!! Far too often have we seen schools implementing a great new concept, especially with technology, in our classrooms and then... more
    • Struggling Readers - shannonsilver, Mon Nov 23 21:20
      I really liked the idea behind the recreational reading after school help. Wouldn't be awesome if we could put together an after school reading clinic/club that could help those struggling students... more
      • Homework Lab - haleyferrell, Sat Nov 28 22:23
        Here at FTE we have started something like that. The 4th and 5th grade teacher have dedicated one day each week so that students can stay after school to work on items for homework or to stay after... more
        • Homework Lab - shannonsilver, Mon Nov 30 22:50
          I think that is great that your school has done this for students and you are seeing results. Sometimes students just need a little extra help to get caught up or to fill a foundational hole and you... more
      • Re: Struggling Readers - byrdaw, Wed Nov 25 05:40
        I like the idea of a reading club after school. I have a "Reading Buddies" club at the middle school level. The students and I go into elementary classes and provide a one to one or two to one ratio... more
    • Struggling Readers and Tech - Martha Brown, Sun Nov 22 22:54
      Amanda, It was interesting to read your thoughts and experiences with the AR books. As my children were in school, they participated in the AR program. Both of them really liked the AR and loved... more
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