Thursday, June 5, 2008

Phonics Instruction for Older Students? Just Say No

In response to Anthony's question in class yesterday, I found this article in ASCD about using phonics instruction with older students.

Phonics Instruction for Older Students? Just Say No

Take a look and see what you think.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read this article. I am a Master of Education with Certification Student at ASUW in Phoenix, Arizona. I have to do a Phonics research paper and was thinking of a fifth grade student I had who was struggling with reading. The student had not grasped some concepts that I associate with Phonics and have been pondering whether or not Phonics instruction would be helpful. According to this article it will not. It suggests, instead, that an instructor make thoughtful comments to the students about the "mental processes that they use to build their personal understanding of what they read." A good example was given. Unfortunately, I do not anticipate that the instructor of this class will engage in that kind of instruction with her students. It is sad as the student is an eager child who desires to improve their reading skills.