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OMG. I am reading Building a Reading Life by Lucy Calkins. The Teacher's College reading/writing program has been bought wholeheartedly by my district. Here is what I just read.

"If a child's (reading) pace has slowed...observe...checking if there are any noticeable reading behaviors that might be slowing the child down. Does the child move her lips while reading, move her head from side to side, point at words as she reads, use a bookmark to hold her place as she reads, or read aloud to herself? If will want to intervene. Tell the child that he or she has graduated and no longer needs to do those behaviors."

Wow. I wish I had known years ago that all it takes to fix a reading issue is to tell the child to stop needing supports.
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Is that it? I know that not using supports does increase fluency, but is that assumption backed by any research that "just say no to supports" will do it?
Ummm...that would be a no. I really wrote what was said. I'm going to try that this year. Instead of slowly weaning kids off reading outloud with a tubaloo, I'm going to say...just stop it. LOL
TJ Shay
And maybe kids who are temporarily on crutches should just have them yanked out from under them so they can walk will be healing?
+TJ Shay yeah, and we should eliminate test modifications for the kids who have learning disabilities. THAT would "cure" them!
"Buck up, [insert student's name here] and act like a competent adolescent, fgs!"
I'm glad you all see what I saw. I was flabbergasted!
And we certainly shouldn't mention that there might be a vision problem, and perhaps that should be checked. Because vision problems don't impede reading.
It seriously is wild how people come at it from such radically different perspectives. It has bee really helpful reading the latest Handbook of Reading Research and the Handbook of Reading Disability Research to get a sense of the variety of theories and practices.
I would suspect a vision issue. Tracking or eye teaming?
Well, according to the book, you are not supposed to even consider that. Just tell them to stop.
But isn't that what we see all around us being advocated by so many? The solution isn't in trying different things or examining possible solutions, it's "this is the answer, the panecea to the problem" I mean, I've seen countless post from people who basically state that if you just blog, join social networks and discuss with your network, you'll be a star teacher/admin. (that was an actual title to a blog post I read and was circulated) which teachers know isn't true but it's a simple solution. I'm still astounded with the simple solutions to the complexities of learning. 
Wow, this could save lots of money! And it's quick and easy! Why didn't we think of that sooner!? :::shakes head:::
LOL. It's so sad I have to laugh. This is a multi-million dollar reading/writing series used by ALL of NYC and anyone else who adopts it.
Wait...wait...MAY-BEEEE some of this info is transferable and CONGRESS could use it! "Stop your immature behavior and collaborate for a better America!"
Hey, it's worth a try!
Is the reasoning behind that "approach" to possible give the child confidence that the teacher believes he/she can read without support? It doesn't make any sense otherwise. If that is the reason then what happens to the child's confidence when this approach does not work? There is a much better chance, I would say, that the child would be totally turned off reading rather than moving to the next step. That would be my thought. Of course, I don't have any research to back me up just 35 years of being an elementary school teacher.....learning to understand my individual students and what might work for them.
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