Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ten Unprofitable but Scientific Strategies for Improving Reading Achievement

Richard Allington has a chip on his shoulder. He has discovered that educational programs that benefit vendors get a lot of marketing support (from those vendors) whereas educational approaches that have no profit potential do not get championed by the for-profit sector.  In Proven Programs, Profits, and Practice, he vents about this reality, reviews the Federal policy towards literacy strategies, and then highlights ten strategies that are overlooked.

Rather than talk about the system of balances against private vendors is supposed to work, I'd like to list his ten programs, I find it very interesting. 

  1. Writing, Sound Stretching, and Phonemic Awareness
  2. Word Walls
  3. Just Plain Writing
  4. Extended Independent Reading
  5. Discussion After Reading
  6. Reading Aloud to Children
  7. Appropriate Texts, Readers Theatre, and Other Fluency-Enhancing Devices
  8. Choice Words
  9. Motivation
  10. Teacher Expertise
I wonder when he wrote the article  what he would think of SpellingCity and Time4Learning's reading program. I wonder where he works / teachers?
(lets try seeing if we can get broward to the top for education with SC?)

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