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Volume 3 Number 3

Harry & Rosemary Wong ask, "Is it possible that a school district would have no openings at a time of worldwide teacher shortages? But more importantly, why were there no openings in the Medford School District?"...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Every Day is Read Across America Day!
Music is...
Ten Pennies and Ten Dimes
Swinging on the Education Pendulum
Literature Circles
Internet Based Interaction in the Classroom
How to Create A Bad Acceptable Use Policy Document (And Have It Survive)!
Safety on College Campuses
The Montessori Mystery
Playing Baseball in the Classroom - A Flexible, Adaptable Game to Motivate Your Students
Whither Not Social Studies!
When Bright Kids Say, "I'm Bored!"
Book Review: Comprehension Instruction
Teacher Social Groups
Retaining Principals
Today I Learned
Things You NEVER Thought You'd Have to Say…or Hear
What Was Your Most Unforgettable Show and Tell?
How Do You Deal With Middle School Students' Apathy?
Why Reading Scores Across the Nation Have Declined
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Searching for the Gold
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • A Challenging Foot Feat
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lesson from the Lesson Bank
  • Here Comes the Train
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll, What changes has your district made in an effort to raise test scores?
    Action Against Hunger Project
    Explore Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest
    Third Annual Music Education Survey Gets Underway
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    Letters to the Editor...
    teaching reading with phonics

    I would like to challenge the thinking of
    Stewart Brekke and his views on the
    teaching of reading. I am a New Zealand
    teacher where our reading philosophy is
    based on whole language. Our whole language
    method, according to trs I know who have
    taught in USA, is between your phonics and
    whole language. In 2000 the National
    Education Monitoring Project which reviews
    reading standards in NZ every 5 years found
    that the percentage of chn reading above
    chronological age had risen from 34% to 46%
    and the percentage of children reading
    below chronological age had dropped from
    20% to 16%. The children are given a range
    of reading tasks including comprehension,
    word recognition etc. As an older tr who
    has used phonics and decodable books
    through to whole language I would agree
    with this finding. I can remember the time
    when you could expect to have up to a
    quarter of your class needing extra help.
    Now, it would only be 2 or3 chn needing
    extra help.These are usually the ones who
    are transient/truant etc and NO amount of
    phonics or whole language is going to make
    them better readers. This upward trend has
    been evolving over the last 20yrs as trs
    have become better informed as to HOW chn
    learn and they now better understand the
    reading process.I have also done testing in
    a number of schools for school-wide reviews
    and the results of those would also confirm
    that these results are on track. If high
    school trs are finding the chn cannot read
    the texts/are sitting there bored and not
    understanding I suggest they change the
    text and/or learn how to get the chn into a
    text with understanding. Texts are usually
    written for the benefit of the
    writer/publisher with little thought of
    what is age appropriate for the kids. It
    happens here in high schools and I would
    venture that it is much the same world
    over.Boring, dreary drills are going to
    turn kids off even more.
    That is my penny's worth for the evening.
    This debate rages here too.


    This month's letters:

  • ADD, 3/31/02, by Dennis.
  • Teaching Reading With Phonics, 3/31/02, by AP.
  • phonics, 3/27/02, by stewart e brekke.
  • Teaching reading, 3/25/02, by Sandy Scarborough.
  • Teaching reading, 3/25/02, by Sandy Scarborough.
  • Reading Scores, 3/23/02, by Cindy Helms.
  • Teaching reading, 3/23/02, by Nancy Healy.
  • teaching reading with phonics, 3/23/02, by Jan Wolfe.
  • teaching reading with phonics, 3/23/02, by barbara.
  • Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary , 3/22/02, by Jayne Ameri.
  • Age Discrimination, 3/20/02, by Daren Jack.
  • Teaching the saying of words, not reading, with phonics, 3/17/02, by Georgia Hedrick.
  • publishing, 3/07/02, by stewart e brekke.
  • Post secondary Education, 3/05/02, by Shanks Seetharam.
  • Teaching Reading with Phonics, 3/04/02, by Marilyn Rebert.


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