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Post Phonics vs. Whole Language
on: March 26, 2013, 10:39
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Anyone who has been in education for a number of years is sure to notice the cyclic nature of our initiatives. We have gone from phonics to whole language and back. It seems we are always trying to play catch-up. Because of the most recent path towards phonics and away from whole language, we are now seeing a group of children who demand vocabulary infusion. Phonics are a necessity for emergent readers, however,at some point we must make the change over to more interesting material. I have found that interesting, higher level material, with vocabulary infusion has been very effective for middle school students. Something to keep in mind is that because of the difficulty of the material, the vocabulary must be front-loaded and some of the reading must be guided. Kids who struggle with reading are still practicing phonics in 4-8th grades, and it is ineffective. They learn to hate reading because it is boring, repetitive, and laborious. Additionally , we have a nation of children who cannot make inferences. When is it appropriate to move away from phonics. Is it strictly based on reading level or is age a factor?

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Post Re: Phonics vs. Whole Language
on: March 26, 2013, 12:09
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Oh Yes! I have seen the trends come back over and over. We are always playing catch up. The mandates don"t help as teachers and administrators are held hostage by whatever the latest think tank comes up with.

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