Thanks for checking out Florida School Speak, the Florida Department of Education’s new blog for teachers. As a teacher myself, I am looking forward to sharing updates and talking with you about numerous education topics. To start our conversation – see below for very first teacher topic!
Reading: In 2007, 33 percent of fourth-graders and 26 percent of eighth-graders performed below the Basic level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment, which means they lacked the skills to access grade level text, based on the National Center for Education Statistics, 2007. The Department has coordinated efforts to improve the reading performance of students in grades four through 12, who spend the majority of their days in content-area classes. As students advance in school, researchers have suggested reading instruction should become part of all subject area curriculums. When you think about it, all content-area instruction (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) utilize literary or informational text in some manner, so students must comprehend specific texts that are unique in linguistics and cognitive features that are not necessarily shared across disciplines. On the other hand, as teachers, we often feel that there is not enough time to cover all of our benchmarks in a single school year. In elementary school we say that students are learning to read, in middle school they are reading to learn, and in high school they are reading for life. My question to you is – How can all teachers work to provide opportunities for students to think through text as they read to build comprehension?
Let me know your thoughts!