The New York Times highlighted the power of phonics in a recent article. Usually you read of intensive reading interventions for elementary school students; however, schools in the Memphis area are providing teacher training and deeply embedding phonics to improve the reading of high school students. “One student said her grades had improved, and she was thinking about reading “The Vampire Diaries” novels, an undertaking, she said, that she previously would not have considered.”
A strong push to emphasize and integrate phonics teaching into the school day has impacted every student’s high school career by providing more confidence and creating momentum in students’ learning. Moreover, students are seeing their futures in a whole new light: “[Devin] once dreamed of becoming a football player. These days, he thinks he would rather get a regular job, maybe in real estate.”
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