Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Corrective Reading

Be careful what you wish for is the appropriate cliche for today. At the start of this school year, I wrote about the lack of a reading curriculum for the reading support class they have me teaching. Today, I was told what that curriculum will be: Corrective Reading.
It isn't that I believe the Direct Instruction model does not have value, and it isn't that I don't believe my students need an intervention type program. I am just not convinced that the Direct Instruction model is appropriate for the high school intervention. Based singularly on my observation of the material and the script, I am having difficult imagining it will work for my students.
Also, it doesn't fit my personality. I have had great success with students using the Read 180 model because the program still allows for my strengths as a teacher to come out. The reality that often gets ignored is that today's high school students need engaging presentation. It will be interesting to watch the student, who today upon returning from the bathroom kicked and pushed her planner across the floor until sitting down, try to sit still and follow my hand and word prompts.
So, as I have in the past, I will ask the edusphere for words of advice. I do not want to hear from DI researchers giving me data about its success--that has been documented, at least at the elementary school level. I am interested in how to approach the "sell" to students who will not be interested in the presentation.


At 7:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way for you to take the new materials, smile politely, then keep doing what you've been doing once you've closed the classroom door?

Did I read you correctly? You have been given a program used with (from which I assume it was also designed for) elementary school students, even though you teach high school??

At 3:28 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

In essence that is what has happened. The Corrective Reading program has material to use at the high school level, but the methods and the material are more geared towards a younger student.

At 2:30 AM , Blogger M_Kashif said...

This is not a very difficult task to read correct any thing. Simply you should concentrate on what you are reading. Then definitely you should read correct. Am I right?

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At 6:10 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

I'm Nancy Meacham, a reading specialist who has Corrective Reading Institute at www.correctivereadinginstitute.com. I helped out as a volunteer organizer at Churchill High School and made terrific gains using my methods described at my site under Prescription for Reading Success. High School kids don't mind doing the phonogram and spelling work. I used competitive spelling bees, and I also tore out articles about successful leaders from Investor's Business Daily to have the student's read and summarize what they learned orally to the class. Every one improved - one boy five years worth as measured by the Gates-MacGinitie silent reading test. Hope this helps - my diagnostic materials are free and downloadable now, and the remedial materials are very inexpensive. You can use it to supplement and get some real results.

At 2:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used CR at the hs level for 2 years with OCS students. I now have one hs student who needs the program but I don't have any support,funds, materials, etc. I ask and get the run around. Does anyone know where I can get a level one series of CR at a discount? I like the series because of the structure and assessments for those who REALLY need this type of instruction.


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