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People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
This is so important. Girls pay attention. Boys, if you are a brother, father, cousin of a girl, pay attention.
First step: Assess. Assess the child to see what his/her strengths and needs are. Perhaps the child is great at decoding but needs support in understanding what is read. Or the student claims to hate reading but is really into superheroes. The key is to really get to know the child as a learner and as a person.
Next: Design instruction that address these strengths and needs. Build on what they do well but also attend to the gaps. In the case of the student who loves superheroes but hates to read, introduce him/her to comics and graphic novels. For the person who can decode but has trouble comprehending, chunk the material into smaller passages. Teach him/her how to be an active, metacognitive reader.
Then: Acknowledge that literacy may be hard for that student but be his/her most vocal cheerleader. Kids who struggle with literacy are often embarrassed by this notion, especially in the face of their peers. Let them know that you understand where they are academically and that you are there to help them become stronger readers. See each child as a reader. Call him/her a reader. (i.e. “Jenny, as a reader, what do you think about the author’s take on ____?” ”As a reader, Phil, what strategies do you use when coming upon an unknown word?”) It may sound corny, but calling students “readers”, “mathematicians”, ”scientists”, “historians”, etc. will become internalized. Words have power.
Also: Reassess. Constantly reassess. Do not leave growth up to wild guesses or hunches. Use assessment instruments to monitor progress. Recognize growth and celebrate it. Then use that data to design the next level of instruction. Teaching should be an iterative process.
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