An article from EdSurge about teaching literacy in other content areas- reading isn’t just taught in the ELA block!
There have been several articles out recently about the use of “leveled” texts outside the classroom, and I am thankful for them. The use of a reading level is a tool that teachers use to create appropriately scaffolded instruction for students when they are in a small group or one-one-one situtation. In my opinion, which I know many teachers share, is that children should be reading self selected books when not in these instructional situations.
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Source: Three Myths About “Reading Levels” | Psychology Today
In this article put out by Hechinger report, the author suggests through a small study conducted at NYU that children can have the same level of oral comprehension whether it was delivered by a quality digital platform or by an adult.
Although this may be true (in my humble opinion), having oral comprehension just isn’t enough. One of the magical and important ingredients to reading with children (not just “to”) is being able to address the individual behaviors of the child to make sure that they are understanding more than just the who, what, why, and when and where of the story. Most digital storybooks are not interactive and cannot be differentiated to match the need of the learner. In addition, a major component of reading aloud with children is modeling fluent and expressive language; the majority of “read to me” apps that I have encountered falls flat in this arena. When a child is the audience of a responsive reader, the child is taking in more than just what the words say on the page. They are watching and learning from the reader as they look at the pictures, point out specialized print, and hear how they process the text aloud.
I am not saying that digital storybooks do not have a seat at the table in the reading instruction of children. However, it should be only one slice of the pie. It is important that the primary tool and resource that children have is access to quality books and adults that love to share them.
Below is a link to a recent interview with James Patterson, and something he mentions is that getting your kids to read sometimes requires a little bit of tough love. I completely agree with this… as parents, sometimes we have to push our children into things they don’t like: asparagus, picking up their clothes from the floor, sharing with others. Now for some, we don’t have to push on these things, I know, but- we know these are important things that will make our children healthier (both body and mind).
Getting children to love reading is the same thing. I understand that not all children will be as enthusiastic about reading as others. However, if we don’t force the issue a little bit we are doing the children a huge disservice. At home, reading needs to be embedded into the day the same as brushing teeth. It should just be an expectation of the day. My ultimate goal- in the long run- is that teachers wouldn’t even have to “assign” reading everyday for homework!
Please watch this great POPTECH talk from Amanda Ripley….. it’s not just about taking a pencil/paper test:)
The growth in digital technologies and spread of storytelling have made audiobooks easier than ever to download and use with kids.
Source: How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading | MindShift | KQED News
How is reading viewed in your home when it comes to homework? What is the role of the parent when reading at home? In most cases, it comes down to the reason why reading is being assigned. At times its for practicing fluency, decoding or overall prosody. Other times it is serving as a time to introduce the upcoming lesson, and the teachers need the students to build schema from their textbook or shared novel. Other times, it is simply trying to set ritual and routine for your child; hoping that one day reading daily is seen as an enjoyable activity and not at all an “assignment”. In all these examples, parents are an important tool in helping build stamina, expectation and positive connections to reading.
Here is an article that talks a bit about the role of the parent in reading homework. It contains a great little video as well:)
Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them.
Source: How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science