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Terri Bryant (not verified)

I am interested in specific

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I am interested in specific strategies that high performing schools are implementing to raise the achievement of students determined to have a learning disability.

Tara (not verified)

I am 3rd grade teacher at a

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I am 3rd grade teacher at a Title I school. I am very interested in learning about programs and strategies that teachers use to effectively teach reading. I really prefer to work with one student at a time, too. I have trouble agreeing with the notion that we have enough time at school to help each child learn to read, with or without parent help by the time they get into the upper elementary grades. You are abosolutey correct in saying that we need to help those students who lack parental support more.

Tara
Elkhart, IN
Walden University

Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, students need to believe that they are good readers!

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Yes, students need to believe that they are good readers! I'm a Title I reading teacher, and I am always interested in learning about programs and methods that teachers find helpful. I really prefer to work with one student at a time; the work can be so much more focused on exactly where that particular child is at the moment. Even in a group, it is important to ensure success for each student, so that the student feels positive about her/himself.I believe that we have enough time at school to help each child learn to read, with or without parent help. We must not use the excuse of "He/she doesn't get any help at home." Those students need our help more, not less.

Meredith (not verified)

Reading this blog inspired

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Reading this blog inspired me. I want to go out and research more ways to help those children who struggle and who are labeled as students who cannot or will not learn.
I too am a new teacher and I feel that sometimes my more experienced colleagues often give up on groups of students becuase they label them "un teachable". I have always felt this is not a positive way to look at a student. This blog confirmed my feelings. All children can learn. It is simply our willingness to do so.
At my school there are so many pull out programs to help those students who struggle to achieve. They are sent to ELL, Resource, Title One, Reading Recovery, and many are pulled out of class by college students for some one on one tutoring. We put so much effort into these extra programs at school, but it seems there is so little hope for the students we are trying to help.
I believe there needs to be an attitude adjustment in the schools across the nation. We need to find effective ways in working towards closing the achievement gap!

Anonymous (not verified)

Last year, I was chose to

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Last year, I was chose to challenge myself by attempting to close the achievement gap of a group of 4th graders who were up to two years behind grade level on our initial assessment. I used a variety of materials which acclaimed to be the answer to closing the gap. I found the materials to be helpful, but the most beneficial aspect to my approach was getting the students to believe they were good readers. As their confidence grew so did their achievement. All of the students made significant growth, and this year as fifth graders many maintained their growth. All of this takes hardwork by everyone, cooperation of parents and a never give up attitude. The more I learn through others research reinforces my belief that all people can learn.

Anonymous (not verified)

All students can learn, but what will we do when they don't?

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As a newer teacher, I am inspired at the thought that all of my students can learn. The reality has hit me the last few years. Yes, they all can learn, but it won't happen at the same pace or in the same ways. I find myself struggling with this topic on a daily basis. I teach in a school where many of our students have a homelife that is filled with poverty and lack of family support. I continually hear teachers, who have taught at this school for many years, say that the students home lives are awful and therefore they will not ever be successful in school. I want to ask them why not. Many of these teachers are the same ones who are fighting our School Improvement Plan. This plan will create a set of interventions to be used when students are not meeting standard. This would mean that these teachers who currently make excuses would have to try new things to help their students learn. I think this is great. I just hope that they are going to get on board and support the new program. Yes, it is great to know home history about our students, but only if we use it to help guide our instruction as we continue to hold high expectations for them.

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