With Responsibility Comes ActionMay 14, 2011 at 11:06 am | Posted in uncategorized | 18 Comments
In the blog post Are all teachers responsible for literacy?, Kelly Seay discusses the shared responsibility for providing literacy instruction to students. She writes,
When you think about it, all content-area instruction (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) utilize literary or informational text in some manner, so students must comprehend specific texts that are unique in linguistics and cognitive features that are not necessarily shared across disciplines.
With the responsibility of developing literacy in the content area comes many challenges for teachers. The Alliance for Excellent Education states,
Students need to develop advanced literacy skills to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of information in today’s world. Since research shows that literacy development is a continuum over one’s lifetime, improving reading skills in early grades cannot be our only goal. All students need the opportunity to develop into proficient readers, writers, and critical thinkers.
The Alliance also goes on to say,
Results from the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test indicate that approximately 25 percent of eighth- and twelfth-grade students read at “below basic” levels. In other words, one in four students tested cannot identify the main idea, understand informational passages, or extend ideas in text.
Given your responsibility as a content area teacher as well as the challenges you must face, what ideas do you have to take action? What have you discovered that other content area teachers are doing to promote literacy in their classrooms?