I used to be scared to experiment with our marketing.
I thought that I there was the potential for me to “screw something up” and I didn’t want to hurt my school’s name. The realization is that you won’t screw anything up. The reality is that the worse case scenario is that no one will pay attention. You need to learn from that lack of attention and try something else.
The extent to which children slow down their reading on encountering inconsistent information is a significant predictor of comprehension.
If strategies are taught with too narrow a base of content or text, then students do not have a chance to learn how to transfer them to new reading situations (Rosenshine & Meister, 1994). The optimal balance enables students to learn that strategies are an important means for understanding but are not the main point of reading activities.
found that third graders’ conception of a good reader was one who reads quickly without making mistakes, replicating the findings of Myers and Paris 30 years earlier
Many students think comprehension is “knowing what the words mean” and “what the author said”
The key “strategy” is metacognitive self-monitoring because without it, there is no awareness of misunderstanding and thus no need for the strategies.
Far greater attention has to be placed on getting readers to feel the lack of understanding/slow down in the face of the realization that they do not get it.
As the previous posts on literacy have shown, many researchers are critical of the way the strategies are taught (or NOT taught), and few studies show solid transfer of learning into independent reading. There is no doubt that comprehension can be improved through teaching cognitive and comprehension strategies; the most common implementation of these strategies is often doomed to fail. Every teacher of reading, ELA, and English needs to understand how and why.
From Tom Vander Ark about his visit to Science Leadership Academy - "Philadelphia is home to a high school that is transforming the opportunity set for 500 urban students in an unremarkable converted office buildings located downtown."