Category «Struggling Readers»

Are You Upset With Me?

“Are you upset with me?” the young man asked. It was Day One for the summer program I was teaching in. The students, all rising high school juniors, had been accepted into a program intended to support first generation college students. My job, as their English teacher, was to give them extra academic help in …

Tips for Addressing Struggling Readers

Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen how struggling readers are interested in learning the content presented in texts. They may also understand why teachers want them to apply comprehension strategies when reading, as well as to recognize how seeking additional help from their teachers and peers could help them learn more. However, it appears that …

Silence as Learning

Recently, we have been looking at the role of silence in relation to students with academic reading difficulties. I’ve been sharing what I have learned about why some students chose to remain silent and limit their interactions with texts in class. See Part I and Part II. It may come as no surprise to learn …

Silence as Protection

The next few posts will look at the role of silence in relation to students with academic reading difficulties. I’ll be sharing what I have learned about why some students chose to remain silent and limit their interactions with texts in class. If you work with students who have academic reading difficulties, you might have …

More than Lack of Skills or Motivation

Sarah looked at me and said, “Mrs. O’Reilly called my mom last night and said I have an F in social studies.” It was January, and I had asked Sarah, a sixth grader at Miles Middle School, to tell me how her year was going. “How do you feel about that?” I responded. “I would …

Let’s Talk About Talk

Do you ever say things like: What would a good reader/writer do? How might a good reader/writer solve this problem? Good readers/writers always do…… You’re probably thinking that you are helping your students become better readers/writers by sharing with them the strategies of what good readers/writers do. But did you know that this type of …

Powerful Decisions in Reading

So there you are – there we all are – working our butts off to help our students learn to read and write. We try all sorts of things. We teach them new skills and strategies. We look for new texts to read that we think will challenge them. We do everything as right as …

Understanding Adolescent Struggling Readers

Adolescents with academic reading difficulties, often labeled as struggling readers, make up a big percentage of American schools. As teachers of adolescents, we can sit around and try to figure out why that is or we can accept that it simply is and get to the business of doing what we can. I opt for …