Failing Students or Failing Schools?: A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention

Failing Students or Failing Schools?: A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention

by Faith Borkowsky


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Is reading a struggle for your child? Does it cause your child stress or embarrassment? Are you confused by the mixed messages you receive from teachers and other professionals? Then this book is for you!

This parent-friendly book will help you understand the various causes of reading difficulties and how you can support your child. With over thirty years of experience as a teacher, reading specialist, regional literacy coach, and administrator, Faith Borkowsky explains why so many children struggle to read and what you need to know to help your child.

This book includes special sections on:

- The best, proven way to teach children to read

- Factors that can influence reading comprehension difficulties

- What you need to know if your child is receiving reading intervention

- What you can do at home to supplement your child’s intervention

- How to help with homework

- And much more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937615451
Publisher: Cardboard Box Adventures
Publication date: 06/04/2018
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 519,987
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: ix

Acknowledgments: xi

1) The Plight of Literacy in America—Why Children Continue to Struggle to Read: 1

The Marginalization of Phonics: The Butterfly Effect: 2

Teaching Trends in America: 6

2) Why the Best Methods for Teaching Reading Are Used the Least in American Schools: 11

Teachers and Administrators Are Afraid to Speak Up: 12

Oppositional Leadership: 14

Resistant Teachers: 16

Flawed Research Studies and Manipulated Data: 17

Outside Influences Skew Assessments: 20

Can Scientifically Research-Based Reading Programs Guarantee Success?: 21

3) How to Teach Children to Read: 25

Why English Is Comparatively Difficult to Learn to Read: 26

The Importance of a Solid Foundation: 28

Where to Begin? Teaching Letter Names or Sounds?: 29

Phonemic Awareness and When to Begin Teaching It: 30

Sight Words Can Be Detrimental: 32

Advantages of Multisensory Teaching Methods: 34

Spelling: A Direct Connection to Reading: 35

Is Handwriting Still Important?: 38

4) Reading Comprehension Issues—Possible Causes and Solutions: 41

Stages of Reading Competence and How They Manifest in Children: 42

Reaching Unconscious Competence in Reading: 43

Can Your Child Really Read?: 47

Physical and Neurological Learning Issues—APD, ADD, and Dyslexia: 48

Other Issues That Can Cause Reading Comprehension Difficulties: 54

Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension: 57

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