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Glass Analysis is easy and it works.

Glass Analysis is easy and it works.

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I have been working with small elementary reading groups for the last four years under my mentor/supervisor. She has 30 years of experience and at least two masters degrees, one of them in reading instruction. We have an "oldie but a goodie" of a program called Glass Analysis. It consists of flashcards with guided repetition of a certain group of letters and was developed to teach illiterate adults. I can't tell you if it's the latest "top down" state board of education approved method, but I can tell you- it works! Sadly, our students are arriving in our reading intervention program lower and lower every year. This year we had at least 10 children who needed basic phonics and letter recognition- in the third grade! Usually, our annual number of lowest students is two to four. Granted, some of the children are ELL, or their parents are; but most of them have been in our school system for three years. We used to have a beginning rating of ability called 'primer,' based on our leveled testing of potential students. This year we had to add 'zilch.' (Not that we told the kids!) These were the 3rd-graders that had many mistakes reading a simple, short primer-level selection in September. I am happy to say after much hard work on our part, and a daily 1/2 hour or more of Glass Analysis, this group of students is well on their way to grade level or above. Now, if only we could help these kids before third grade, and other students all over America. We need to let go of ideas that don't work, and spread ideas that can make such a big difference in education.

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Glass Analysis Works

I discovered this method of teaching reading during post graduate school in the 70's. I combined it with the Sullivan Readers, now modified and used by the Phoenix Learning Centers. When I saw Dr. Glass explain his method, it was like an epiphany. It made more sense, and still does, than any other reading instruction I have tried. While teaching high school reading, on average, my students increased their vocabulary by two grade levels over a semester. My daughter learned to read prior to school attendance by sitting in on my tutoring. Second graders were sounding out words like: establishment, outlandish, Atlantic; and were thrilled to have a new way to tackle unknown words. I strongly recommend using his word cards and following his questioning method of instilling the word families into a person's mind. My word list cards are worn to a frazzle, but I am glad I kept them to use with my grandchildren. I hope you find it as enlightening as I did. It is not to be used alone for teaching reading, but the basis of reading has to be the ability to decode words. Once that decoding ability was established, all students loved their new found accomplishment and delighted in showing off their ability to pronounce 'big' words.

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