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 APRIL  READING CONNECTIONS
 

Connections

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READING CONNECTIONS:  BEST PRACTICES

Research
 

So now where do we go?  The journey is never-ending, for one idea just "lincs" us to another!  What happens when our students begin to strengthen their reading comprehension skills?  How does the reading connection transfer to other areas?

 

Research

  

#1

Most individuals need to read at least at a 4th- or 5th- grade level to meet everyday literacy demands.  Adults who are reading below that level may be excellent candidates for intensive basic skills instruction.  Adults reading at or above that level may profit from other curricular options.  (i.e. Learning Strategies, Critical Content, Social Skills, and Self-advocacy)

 

Bridges to Practice:  A Research-based Guide for Literacy Practitioners Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities.  Guidebook 3, The Planning Process.  NIFL, 1999, p. 13

 

All Montana ABLE programs should have in their possession the Bridges to Practice binder.  Even though the goal of Bridges to Practice is to increase awareness among practitioners about learning disabilities (Bridges to Practice 1999), in reality B2P just echoes best practices that may be used with most ABLE students. 

 

#2

Instruction that is effective for an adult with learning disabilities is sensitive to the way the adult processes information or thinks about learning and performance.

Bridges to Practice:  A Research-based Guide for Literacy Practitioners Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities.  Guidebook 4, The Planning Process.  NIFL, 1999, p. 24. 

#3

Research in the field of learning disabilities supports instruction that is direct, intensive, and systematic, as well as an instructional approach that is sensitive to the ways that learners process information.

Bridges to Practice:  A Research-based Guide for Literacy Practitioners Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities.  Guidebook 4, The Planning Process.  NIFL, 1999, p. 25.

With modification, reading strategies are just good learning strategies that cross over into all areas.

RESOURCES

QUESTIONS FOR THINKING/DISCUSSION 

  1. What kind of reading connections do you see going on in your program?
  2. What are some ideas you have for MT LINCS RIB?  Needs?

SUMMARY

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