Friday, February 12, 2010

Reading Program a Win-Win

Priscilla Nelson, assistant professor of education writes:

Every Thursday the Early Childhood Education majors and I travel to the Harrington School in Lynn to help with reading. My students spread out to six classrooms in kindergarten, first and second grade.
Some of these classrooms use the S.I.O.P. (Sheltered Instruction, Observation Protocol) model for English language learners. My students plan and present reading lessons to small groups of students. They also direct reading center activities and help teachers with reinforcement activities—all things they are learning in their EDU 346 and EDU 348 classes.
With as many as 27 students in the Harrington classrooms, having Gordon students help means the elementary students receive instruction in small groups—which we know from research produces better results. Because reading failure is a national concern, Gordon students are seeing firsthand that these types of reading practices and activities prevent this failure.
This program is a win win—the Harrington students benefit from small-group targeted instruction; Gordon students benefit from seeing success as a result of putting research into practice.

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