ERIC Number: EJ824751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Reference Count: 2
Can We Really Teach Reading?
Robinson, Richard D.
Reading Psychology, v30 n1 p17-19 Jan 2009
Can you teach another person to read? For readers, this may seem a redundant and unnecessary question. However, it is a perfectly logical query and one that is much more profound than one might imagine. Most reading teachers have had the experience of nurturing and guiding a young person from infancy as a reader through maturity with the printed page. Yet, they also in the deepest part of their being as a teacher wonder just exactly what part did they really have in this wonderful transformation from a nonreader to a reader. For a student, the classroom reading program of a gifted teacher can be of immense help. Ample reading materials in both the classroom and the library are also useful. The support of fellow students in a caring classroom community provides the nurture and support needed for successful reading, but none of these teach us to be readers. Teachers might keep these thoughts in mind as they work with students in their teaching of reading. Becoming a reader, like all learning, is a personal experience for which teachers can only be at best caring, passionate observers.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Teachers, Reading Programs, Reading Materials, Emergent Literacy, Reading
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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