Rapid Reading Cards

It seemed like a treadmill, year after year testing adolescent struggling readers and placing them at the appropriate reading instruction levels. Too often, placement ended with students commenting, "I don't like this baby work".  Placing students at their instructional reading levels deflated them, and they lost motivation. Following the zone of proximal development did not work well for middle school and high school students who were out of the zone years ago.  The author tried a new approach.  The new approach uses rapid reading word cards based on brain research to help struggling readers read the big words, multisyllable words. Using Brain Research to Master the Big Words author, Matthew J. Glavach, Ph.D., offers a reading instruction approach especially for adolescent struggling readers, based on core classroom curriculum.  The approach, which he calls parallel reading intervention, organizes important content area vocabulary words into logical brain efficient word lists that make learning the words much easier.  The rapid reading word cards develop automatic reading skills.  Students improve word attack and vocabulary skills while improving their ability to succeed in the content area classes.  The issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher describes the approach, presents teaching ideas, provides brain efficient rapid reading word cards for English classroom vocabulary, and gives content area examples.

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