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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If reading is a struggle for your child, causes your child stress or embarrassment, or if you are confused by the mixed messages you receive from teachers and other professionals, this book will help you understand why so many children struggle to read and what you need to know to help your child. 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Silver Winner.

Product Details

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

About the Author

Faith Borkowsky is the founder of High Five Literacy and Academic Coaching with over thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and tutor. Ms. Borkowsky is Orton-Gillingham trained and is a Wilson Certified Dyslexia Practitioner listed on the International Dyslexia Association's Provider Directory.

She provides professional development for teachers and school districts, as well as parent workshops, presentations, and private consultations.

Ms. Borkowsky is the author of the award-winning book, Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention, Reading Intervention Behind School Walls:Why Your Child Continues to Struggle, and a series of graphic plays entitled "If Only I Would Have Known...": What I Wish My Pediatrician, Preschool Teacher, and Librarian Told Me About Language, Literacy, and Dyslexia. She is also a board member of Teach My Kid to Read, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support and empower students, teachers, and parents through education so all kids, including those with dyslexia, learn to read.

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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