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ERIC Number: ED311400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Lessons Learned from an Upside-Down Reader: A Case Study of Larry.
Pottorff, Donald D.
Larry arrived from California and was put in a fifth grade class's lowest reading group which was reading third-grade-level basals. Larry was often disruptive during reading instruction and claimed he could only read when the book was upside down. Tests indicated that Larry had normal vision but that he was learning disabled and reading at only a first grade level. Larry had devised a creative tactic which allowed him to escape the reading circle and at the same time to intrigue and impress the other children. Lessons to be learned from Larry are that: (1) what appeared to be a behavior disorder was only symptomatic of inappropriate instruction; (2) children are poor candidates for learning success when they find themselves dealing daily with survival; (3) placement at a proper instructional level cannot be over-emphasized; and (4) the decision to retain or not to retain a child should be made only after a complete evaluation has been accomplished. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A