Links to Literacy
LINKING EDUCATORS TO LITERACY - HSSD 2016-2017 VOL. #5
Promote the Love of Reading
What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon
5 Less-Than-Optimal Practices
To help us analyze and maximize use of instructional time, here are five common literacy practices in U.S. schools that research suggests are not optimal use of instructional time:
1. "Look Up the List" Vocabulary Instruction
We have long known that this practice doesn't build vocabulary as well as techniques that actively engage students in discussing and relating new words to known words, for example through semantic mapping (Bos & Anders, 1990).
2. Giving Students Prizes for Reading
Unless these prizes are directly related to reading (e.g., books), this practice actually makes students less likely to choose reading as an activity in the future (Marinak & Gambrell, 2008). It actually undermines reading motivation.
3. Weekly Spelling Tests
Research suggests that the whole-class weekly spelling test is much less effective than an approach in which different students have different sets of words depending on their stage of spelling development, and emphasis is placed on analyzing and using the words rather than taking a test on them (see Palmer & Invernizzi, 2015 for a review).
4. Unsupported Independent Reading
To make independent reading worthy of class time, it must include instruction and coaching from the teacher on text selection and reading strategies, feedback to students on their reading, and text discussion or other post-reading response activities (for example, Kamil, 2008; Reutzel, Fawson, & Smith, 2008.)
5. Taking Away Recess as Punishment
There is a considerable body of research linking physical activity to academic learning. For example, one action research study found that recess breaks before or after academic lessons led to students being more on task (Fagerstrom & Mahoney, 2006).
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Creation Day - Literacy Offerings
Bay Harbor: 9:30-10:30 - Informal Running Records presented by Janet Hughes and Janice Huhtala
DO Training Center: 11:00-12:00 - Getting Savvy with Twitter: A Great Professional Development Tool presented by Jessica Adrians
Lineville: 8:00-9:30 & 9:30 -11:00 - Integrating Grammar and Spelling Into Writing presented by Tracy Coopmans and Heather White (CESA 7 Literacy Specialist)
Forest Glen: 9:30-11:00 - Flipped Writing: Guided Work presented by Danielle Bemmels and Mary Huberty
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