Week 1 Readings

These articles discuss something that coming in as a new teacher was blatantly apparent to me. The overall discussion of the articles is that in place today there are programs, rules and strategies that are designed to get students on track with reading. To set a literacy level at which they should be achieving and give different strategies, based on different models, to get students to that level. To me I found Biancarosa's and Eppley's the most engaging because of how one states the what needs to be done to aid literacy and the other states what is pitfalls are stopping it from really taking place. Biancarosa outlines the three major challenges that schools need to be able to address if they are to remedy their literacy problems. They are increasing challenging texts, teaching different reading for different subjects, and to teach students how to read digitally. Generationally, things have changed. How teachers teach and how students learn has drastically changed over the course of the past couple years. Mostly with the introduction of technology. For todays generation it is more useful for them to be able to read online texts then paper. However these two literature styles are read completely differently. Online reading requires less attention and a faster pace. In order to teach students different disciplines and to vary the reading, teachers will also need to vary the portal by which the students will access the information. Online reading also gives the reader access to a dictionary and text to speech, so in a way the burden which was orignally on the reader to understand the work is now on the work to be as accessible as possible, which unless its a science literature piece, might mean lowering the grade level of the reading. Eppley's article illustrates why it's so difficult to implement these practices by outlining the traps that the curriculum sets forth. As a first year teacher reading the standards, there was zero reason to deviate or incorporate anything that wasn't absolutely necessary for the student to pass the regents. There lies one of the issues with trying to teach literacy. You can't expand the students ability to read if all they need to know to pass the regent is information about specific books or how sentences should be structured. The exam makes it so the teaching really isn't in the hands of the teacher, but the exam. Literacy will not greatly improved unless teachers in the discipline are free to integrate different texts and portals of learning to the students.

ED 656 - Fall 2018

ED 656 - Fall 2018

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