Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Four

While reading Chapter four, I was reminded of the fieldwork I completed last year for the Teaching Reading class. I had the great fortune of getting to observe my cooperating teacher give Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) assessments to her first-grade class. The school was using Fontas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System. This was a form … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Four

Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Three

Shocking as it may seem, there was a period in my life when I didn’t like to read. Let me set up the back story: from kindergarten to 4th grade, I attended a Lutheran school. While I loved reading at the time, I dreaded the multiple choice tests I would have to take after completing … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Three

Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Two

I believe everyone struggles with at least one school subject at some point in their life. For me it was, and always will be, mathematics. As a homeschooled student, I was in “class” from about 8:00am until 2:00pm every day with a half hour to hour lunch, and two of those 6.5 hours of class … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Two

Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter One

The one message that really stood out for me from the opening chapter was the emphasis on the struggling reader as a unique individual not bound to the common stereotypes that currently pervade our education system. Nobody fits into a box, neatly labeled with terms like “dyslexic” or “ELL.” Instead, we educators should view every … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter One