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ERIC Number: ED356467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 8
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"Whole"-ier Than Thou!
Siegel, Janna
No trend in education has been more exalted than "whole language," which has a following of teachers, researchers, and specialists who are almost fanatical in their observance of this teaching method. The debate is between two types of direct instruction: the "atomistic" approach encourages teachers to break down reading into its component parts; the "holistic" approach preaches that teachers should teach reading in the context of a child's natural language and interests. Teachers should take an integrative approach that includes the best of both worlds. Suggestions for reading teachers include: (1) use a variety of methods; (2) when students have problems, find with which method the child has the most success; (3) try new things; (4) teach the reading of nonfiction; (5) demonstrate that reading and writing are tools for communication; and (6) keep up on their own reading and writing. Teachers should not: embrace any one method to the exclusion of others; close their minds to new, innovative, or even older methods of instruction; hoard their ideas; give up on any student having trouble reading; and assume they know whether or not their students are learning. Teachers should never forget that reading is not the most important skill in the world: a child is not doomed to failure just because he or she cannot read. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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