I am currently enrolled in a graduate program, which will certify me as a literacy specialist. We have studied many trends and issues in literacy education. One topic we have discussed is how and why students arrive to middle school with a major lack of reading skills. When assessed in middle school, the most common lack of reading skills is reading comprehension. Many students have not acquired the vocabulary and comprehension strategies they need to gain meaning from text. Also, readers cannot attain proficiency unless they progress from their current stage through reading to learn. In other words, the gap of their struggles gets wider. Some students learn to fake it or give up early. My question is how can we prevent this as teachers? How would you make changes in your school or education to help prevent this? I would appreciate any comments, suggestions, or simple personal experiences as a teacher. Thank you!
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