ERIC Number: ED436733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Learning: Our Experience in Reading Recovery.
Browne, Ann; Fitts, Maryellen; McLaughlin, Bennetta; McNamara, Mary Jane; Williams, Judy
Running Record, v9 n2 p2-5,18 Spr 1997
Written in response to an article critical of Reading Recovery (published in the December/January 1996/1997 issue of "The Reading Teacher"), this paper describes what the 5 authors have learned and are learning about Reading Recovery. An introductory section discusses Reading Recovery, noting that it is an individual tutoring program for young children who are having difficulty learning to read and write after their first year of school. Sections of the paper describe how: (1) the authors learned to teach and to think differently about teaching and learning; (2) demonstration teaching behind a one-way glass offered a powerful setting for their learning; (3) they discovered their strengths as they constructed their own understandings of the children they taught; (4) they became committed to giving the child control of the learning process; (5) they learned to be efficient as well as effective--to keep a lively pace and make the most of that 30 minutes of time; (6) they learned the reciprocal value of writing and reading; (7) like other scientists, they developed skills in keeping and analyzing records of students' behaviors; (8) their colleagues contributed to their learning in deep and significant ways; (9) Reading Recovery teacher leaders offered special help, support, and challenge as the teachers examined their teaching; (10) they are experienced Reading Recovery teachers, but they continue to learn more every year; and (11) Reading Recovery is hard work, but they have been rewarded by seeing their students' rapid progress. (RS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Recovery Council of North America, Columbus, OH.