I’m going to have to write something about this because it is totally bonkers. Why do the majority of educators disapprove of a pupil’s need to practice or his need to feel the warmth of adult approval? Why do the majority of educators also think that we can simply ‘teach’ a child to just skip ahead to the nice part of learning and expect the feel-good outcome? Here’s a typical example on twitter this morning:
At the time of writing, this tweet has been out there for a mere 24 hours and it’s already got hundreds of likes.
No one likes doing something they’re not good at. In order to be a ‘good’ reader, you need the following 3 items down pat:
- Fluency in the mechanics of reading (which is why we teach phonics)
- Understanding/comprehension (which is why we teach knowledge)
- The habit of reading (which is why we teach…
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