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An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics ; by Dana Goldstein

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The evidence “is about as close to conclusive as research on complex human behavior can get!” Eye-tracking studies & brain scans  show that learning to read, is the work of deliberately practicing how to quickly connect the letters on the page to the sounds we hear each day. Genuine literacy teachers know phonics alone isn’t the answer; struggling students need to grapple with more advanced, interesting  books, so they won’t get stuck in a cycle of low expectations & boredom. Kids in early elementary school would spend 1/2  of their reading/writing time on quality  phonics, so that by 3rd grade, most students would not need explicit phonics. BUT, “the science that you need to know it is good. The science on how to teach it effectively is not.” And the education ‘market’ thrives on pushing the ‘debate ’into the classroom-practice of the teacher who knows what learning looks like!.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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