ERIC Number: EJ851773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: 2
The Kids Can't Read!
Principal Leadership, v9 n9 p18-22 May 2009
Day after day, teachers hand out reading assignments; students ignore them; and both groups spend another day at school discouraged, less than enthusiastic, and bored. While principals struggle with stagnant test scores, teachers wonder how they can possibly work more diligently toward instructional outcomes. Getting students excited about reading expository text is possible, and it involves working smarter, not harder. Teachers need to provide direct instruction about why the material is important and in every way possible prepare students to succeed. Professional development in literacy and use of the latest research and strategies ensure student success. In this article, the author describes some strategies that can help simplify a reading assignment and provide a more rewarding learning opportunity for everyone, teachers and students alike.
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Reading Skills, Reading Motivation, Teaching Methods, Reading Materials, Professional Development, Reading Assignments, Textbooks, Vocabulary Development
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