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Close the Learning Gap with Daily Intensive Instruction

Jun 27, 2019
 
 

A bright and articulate eight-year-old, Jacob shifts uncomfortably in his seat when his teacher announces that the class will take turns reading aloud. “Maybe if I ask to go to the bathroom, I’ll miss my turn,” he thinks.

 

Jacob has an impressive vocabulary, and his teachers frequently tell him how smart he is. But he’s beginning to doubt them. “How smart can I be if I can’t even read?” he asks himself. On frequent mornings, he gets a stomach ache while thinking about facing the school day. When he opens a book, “was” turns into “saw.” And “through” and “though” and “thought” never sound like they’re supposed to. How can a person remember all of that?

 

For Jacob, reading is the hardest thing in the world, and no one seems to know why. His teachers and parents thought that reading would eventually  just “click” on its own. But students with a weakness in symbol imagery, which is the ability to visualize letters and sounds within words, may require remediation or additional explicit reading instruction. Weak symbol imagery causes difficulties in establishing sight words, contextual fluency, and spelling.

 

A few seats over, Emma is able to spell perfectly and decode new words with ease. However, she doesn’t seem to comprehend what she’s read. 

 

Mrs. Jones calls on Emma, who always seems to be a step behind in class, and asks her to read from Chapter 2. “What?” Emma asks. She twists the ends of her blonde ringlets as she waits for Mrs. Jones to repeat her request. It’s not that Emma doesn’t care or isn’t listening in the classroom — for her, directions seem to go in one ear and out the other. Emma reads the words on the page quickly and accurately, but she falls silent when Mrs. Jones asks what she thinks will happen next in the story.

 

For Emma, weak concept imagery—the ability to image a gestalt (whole)—may be the cause of her struggles. Weakness in concept imagery will interfere with reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.

  

As the critical third grade year continues, Jacob and Emma are likely to fall further and further behind. They may be present in the classroom every day, but they’re both missing out on content, and their self-esteem continues to quietly plummet.

 

At Lindamood-Bell, we believe that all students can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential. We identify strengths and weaknesses that may be affecting school performance, and our instruction is based on an individual’s learning needs. The school year is a great time to address those learning needs. By helping your child develop the underlying foundational skills for reading and comprehension, you’ll ensure that the elements of curriculum-based content aren’t missed because of an inability to decode or comprehend them. 

 

For a student who has fallen behind, the way to close the gap is often intensive instruction. Click here to learn more about how we’re able to make years of gains in weeks of instruction.

 

In this video, one family explains why they chose intensive reading instruction for a struggling child:

 

 

We want to be your partner in education and help make your child’s school year a success. To learn more, contact your local Learning Center

 

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