NFQ Reading Group: Question One

From Joy, our  book study leader—

Our second grade teachers, administrators, school psychologist, special education teacher, and reading specialist are about to begin a book study of  No Quick Fix:  Rethinking Literacy Programs in America’s Elementary Schools, The RTI Edition.

The first three words of the title  “No Quick Fix” coupled with the last three words “The RTI Edition” make the title sound like a warning.  RTI is a new concept our school (and state) is wrestling with, and the promoters want it to have a positive spin.  Maybe this book is dangerous territory.

Add in the center words “Rethinking Literacy Programs in America’s Elementary Schools” and one may think we have gone completely off our rockers. Don’t we have enough to think about without taking on the task of “rethinking about America’s schools”?

Rethink” implies that we have already had a thought. We are going to start with that assumption and pose the first question to get us going in the direction of rethinking.

Even before you open the book (the answer is in your head),  rethink about the following question and respond:

What should a literacy program hope to accomplish?

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10 Responses to NFQ Reading Group: Question One

  1. Pam says:

    to teach each child as much as they are able to learn in a variety of ways. It should also hope to bring excitement and enthusiasm to reading and writing.

  2. Joy Whichard says:

    It should stir up curiosity about the world we live in. Then give us the tools to explore that world.

  3. jpoletti says:

    It seems many students learn to read at home. Likewise, many do not. A literacy program should guarantee that all students have equal access to the advantages that reading provides.

  4. Holly says:

    To allow all students to feel successful with reading in all areas. We should use whatever means necessary to allow this to happen.

  5. Tina Tedder says:

    A literacy program should give ALL students skills needed (at their individual instructional reading level) to successfully decode and comprehend text, resulting in an intrinsic feeling of success and enthusiasm for reading.

  6. Julie Hollen says:

    I think that a literacy program should hope to accomplish many things…first of all, an enjoyment for reading. It is important for children to see how they can communicate and use literacy to accomplish that. Of course, many more things, but my first response would be for enjoyment and feeling a sense of accomplishment.

  7. Sherry says:

    I think our literacy program should be one that fosters the mastery of good communication skills for our students. In addition to being able to read confidently and effectively to gain information, they should also find reading enjoyable enough that they choose to do it on their own. Writing should be the same, to be able to compose thoughts and share them with others. Also, in order to grow intellectually, students need to develop good listening and speaking skills. Development in each, and all areas, enables our students to become life-long learners as they gain substantial and growing knowledge of the world around them.

  8. Laura says:

    A literacy program should provide students with the skills necessary to obtain and share information. At the same time it should instill a passion for learning and thinking.

  9. Leigh Ann says:

    A literacy program should include many different ways of teaching a diverse population to read and enjoy it.

  10. Laura says:

    Just like many of you, I spend much of my non-school time thinking and talking about school. This morning I was discussing with my husband some of the responses I had gotten from my students in regards to the inauguration, presidency, and being the child of the president. The insight I saw from seven and eight year olds was impressive. However, many of these students struggle with the task of learning to read. My husband expressed his frustration with the idea that many of these students, over the years, would be dismissed as unable to learn and therefore unable to contribute to society. He likened the teaching of reading to computer programs. (you’ll like this Mr. Poletti.) He said that what we are doing is like trying to run a Mac program on a PC. There is nothing wrong with the program or the computer, it’s just that the PC can’t process it and everything comes up as Wing-dings. I think that is important to keep in mind as we go through this process. Many of the things we do work, We just have to match Mac to Mac and PC to PC.

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