ERIC Number: ED395304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-2
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Brain-Efficient Curriculum: An Analysis of the Changes Necessary To Create a Methodology and Curriculum that Enhances Student Achievement in Reading and Spelling.
Wrighton, Charlene A.
It is upon a positive literature-based foundation that educators must build excellent curriculum and teaching strategies. It is the job of educators to be trained to integrate the concepts of whole language and direct phonetic instruction so children have the advantage of both schools of thought, to be aware of how children learn most efficiently, and to masterfully teach. Educators must take back their profession. They must teach teachers to become reading and spelling experts, they must commit to the education of preschool children, and they must help parents learn how to work with their children, readying them for the language arts. Some solutions to problems with traditional approaches to reading and spelling instruction are (1) teach the sounds and shapes of the entire alphabet in the daily presentation, postponing letter names and capital letters; (2) teach lowercase letters first; (3) use pictures that relate to the sounds of letters; (4) attach motor movement directly related to the picture/letter, establishing the sounds to the letters; (5) teach spelling as a vital part of the school curriculum; (6) give children books they can read; and (7) do not let reading and spelling errors go uncorrected. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Issues
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Council for Exceptional Children Conference (74th, Orlando, FL, April 1-5, 1996).