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Votypka, Jean – Reading Improvement, 2018
Primary students who struggle to read need incentive to redirect their mindset back onto the productive path of daily reading. Reading is daunting to the youngest readers who experience difficulties because the act of reading is difficult and tiresome. Effective reading engagement programs motivate these readers to read on a daily basis and…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Reading Improvement, Reading Programs, Reading Difficulties
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Bluiett, Tarsha – Reading Improvement, 2018
Several federal mandates have eradicated developmentally appropriate early literacy practices in primary grade classrooms across the country. Studies show that patterns of oral language use are developed extensively during the preschool years and lay a foundation for literacy development. In recent years, high quality pre-kindergarten classrooms…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Literacy Education, Oral Language, Play
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2018
Constructivism is somewhat opposite of a mandated curriculum. It does not emphasize testing to ascertain pupil achievement. Nor is it a teacher determined reading curriculum. A formal reading curriculum with measurably stated objectives would not harmonize with constructivist thinking. Flexibility is a key concept in describing, in part, its basic…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Constructivism (Learning), Poetry
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Ness, Molly – Reading Improvement, 2017
As they are naturally curious about the world around them, young children ask lots and lots of questions. In classrooms today, however, there seems to be little space for these student-generated questions as teachers are more likely to pose the questions. Research indicates that question generation is an effective strategy to motivate young…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Student Developed Materials, Thinking Skills, Common Core State Standards
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Harris, Paulette; Smith, Linda – Reading Improvement, 2017
This article describes the Mother Phonics program as implemented at the Augusta University Literacy Center. A description of the program as well as the Center's facility is offered. The daily schedule and instructional techniques are highlighted. The instructional design embraces the unique learning styles and preferences of struggling readers.…
Descriptors: Puppetry, Oral Reading, Phonics, Instructional Design
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2017
Tutoring has always been a salient part of education and schooling. When attending elementary school, 1934-1942, selected pupils were tutored after school, free, with no extra salary for teachers. It was then considered customary, evidently, for teachers to tutor those needing extra assistance.
Descriptors: Tutoring, Elementary School Students, Educational History, Reading Instruction
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Hill, K. Dara – Reading Improvement, 2017
The current climate of reading instruction calls for fluency strategies that stress automaticity, accuracy, and prosody, within the scope of prescribed reading programs that compromise teacher autonomy, with texts that are often irrelevant to the students' experiences. Consequently, accuracy and speed are developed, but deep comprehension is…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Instructional Materials, Reading Strategies, Beginning Reading
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Flink, Patrick J. – Reading Improvement, 2017
Reading comprehension and fluency issues are the most significant challenges facing adult, developmental reading students in community colleges. While a great deal of focus has been on improving developmental reading instruction, there is a lack of attention, and research, on how to best improve students' actual reading. Self-selected reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Community Colleges
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2017
There are a plethora of directions in which the curriculum might move, such as being subject centered versus being activity centered. Each must be appraised in terms of approved standards in assisting learners to achieve more optimally. Time moves forward rather rapidly as pupils move through the grades and graduate from high school, thus helping…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Academic Achievement, Curriculum, Curriculum Enrichment
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Hodapp, Albert Fed – Reading Improvement, 2016
Aaron (2005) described the "family as the nation's smallest school" and "the home as the first school." Furthermore, studies document that 90% of the differences in academic achievement can be explained by five factors: (a) two-parent households; (b) school absenteeism; (c) amount read for homework; (d) quality and quantity of…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Home Study, Reading Habits, Recreational Reading
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Bradley, Maria – Reading Improvement, 2016
Have you ever felt like there are days where you are not sure if anything you taught went into any of your student's heads? With the amount of research that is being done across the world on reading, it is time to analyze what strategies would benefit my students the most and help them grow as readers. Reading is a key foundational skill not only…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Teaching Methods, Best Practices
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Hodapp, Albert F. – Reading Improvement, 2016
Think about your favorite children's book. What impact did it have on you? Besides the immediate enjoyment of the book, did it have any long-term impact?
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Recreational Reading, Conservation (Environment)
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Bruster, Benita – Reading Improvement, 2015
Struggling readers often lack fluency and motivation and many exhibit dyslexic characteristics. Often these children sit undiagnosed in regular education classroom with interventions that are limited in scope and fail to have the motivational element which will encourage these struggling readers to actively engage in reading and writing. Students…
Descriptors: Poetry, Writing (Composition), Reading Fluency, Reading Improvement
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2015
The process of acquiring language is often depicted as a tiered process of oral development: listening and speaking; and, literacy development: reading, and writing. As infants we first learn language by listening, then speaking. That is, regardless of culture, or dialect we are first immersed in language in this oral context. It is only after one…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Language Arts, Learning Processes, Workshops
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2015
Teachers and supervisors of reading instruction need to stay abreast of trends and concerns when assisting pupils to achieve more optimally. Reading which meets high expectations is needed in school and in society. Thus, professionals involved in teaching reading in different academic and curriculum areas need to utilize the best methods of…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading Programs, Educational Practices
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