Lately our company has been taking a new approach to solving problems. The new approach has derived from the problem solution advice found in Dale Carnegie’s book: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. When a problem arises the initial response should not be to go to someone else for a solution. The problem should be analyzed to discover:
1. Why is this a problem?
2. What are the possible solutions to this problem?
3. What is the best solution of the options?
This process helps us take more responsibility for the problems we face in our work and usually produces the best solution for the problem. As with most companies, Reading Horizons works to solve a problem for its consumer (teachers and parents): how to properly teach struggling readers and provide them with success in reading. We work to solve this problem by offering manuals for reading instruction, software to encourage independent learning, and professional development for reading teachers.
In a recent interview with EdWeek, Dr. Richard Allington, education professor at the University of Tennessee and prevalent early literacy expert and author, answered the questions that must be asked to properly solve the problems facing reading instructors:
Why is it difficult to provide proper reading instruction for students?
“It’s not a question that we don’t know what to do. It’s a question of having the will to develop full literacy in this country, and to organize schools and allocate money in ways that would allow us to do that.”
“Unfortunately, we have good evidence that a lot of kindergarten and 1st grade teachers in this country are just not very skilled in teaching reading. And a lot of them also assume that if a kid is struggling and is way behind in reading, he must have some neurological problem, and therefore it’s not their job to teach him…”
“Teachers know who needs help. If they don’t know, they shouldn’t be teaching… They just don’t know what to do with a kid who’s in trouble.”
What are the possible solutions to providing proper reading instruction for students?
“We have studies involving multiple school districts and hundreds or thousands of kids demonstrating that, with quality instruction and intervention, 98 percent of all kids can be reading at grade level by the end of 1st or 2nd grade.”
“RTI [Response to Intervention] works best if it’s started in kindergarten and 1st grade—we know how to solve those problems.”
“…You can do a lot by strengthening instruction.”
Reading Horizons best solution for providing proper reading instruction for students:
Reading Horizons program has been used extensively as a Response to Intervention (RTI) for struggling readers. I have agreed since the beginning of my experiences with Reading Horizons that it would be beneficial to use such a reading program as the core reading curriculum for beginning readers grades kindergarten to 2nd grade. I know I would understand language much better if I was taught with Reading Horizons method and other intensive phonics programs.
In order to help teachers know how to teach reading in the way that is most beneficial for struggling readers Reading Horizons offers a free online reading workshop. Sign up and earn 3 hours of professional development credit upon completion. For more information on Reading Horizons Professional Development program click here.