A Haphazard Approach
I recently had the privilege of teaching three middle school students who were reading at the second grade level. After analyzing their running records, I noticed they had some good processing—they monitored for meaning and self-corrected when it didn’t make sense. They ignored a few errors, but the errors made sense. Most importantly, all three had wonderful comprehension. So why were they struggling readers? They had developed a haphazard approach to looking at print, which is not uncommon for struggling readers. I taught them how to look carefully left to right and notice parts they could read. With a bit of prompting (Check it. Look here. Do you see a part you know?), they successfully problem-solved "pulsate," "transparent," and "creatures." All three were smiling when we finished the lesson -- and so was I.
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