What are the implications of teaching phonics via a systematic
direct intense program that mandates all children to experience the
same scripted lesson at the same time? This book addresses the
question through an in-depth play-by-play description of a phonics
lesson as it occurred in a real classroom, followed by chapters
that look at it from different angles by "zooming in" on one facet
to analyze it closely: *Reading. What is reading? What definition
of reading is presented (implicitly) in the phonics lesson? What do
competing definitions from the reading research literature say
about how important phonics rules are and how they are used by
readers and teachers of reading? *Teacher knowledge. What is the
role and the place of teacher knowledge as it relates to the
lesson? What are the skills a teacher has and needs to use in a
lesson that is completely scripted ? *The children. What are their
roles and positions during the lesson? What are they learning?
*Curriculum. Where does the phonics curriculum come from?
Curriculum in general? Who does it serve and how? What is its
purpose? * Culture. What is the role of culture in the lesson? How
do cultural differences and culturally relevant pedagogy relate to
the scripted phonics lesson? *Politics and ideology. Why and how is
everything that happens in schools political? How are scripted
lessons and resistance to them, forms of political action? *Teacher
professionalism. How can teachers act in order to maintain academic
freedom expressed as professional decision making in classrooms?
The author of this book is not neutral. He presents the
difficulties a teacher encounters in implementing mandated
systematic, direct, intense phonics instruction and children who
are confused and frustrated by it. But at the same time he
constantly presents hope in the form of smart teachers, curious
children, and possibilities for taking action that can lead to
change. His direct, accessible writing style stimulates thought and
|Country of origin:
Richard J. Meyer
||Electronic book text
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