dysteachia

12 Dec

In 1987 Dr. Thomas Armstrong coined the word “dysteachia” to refer to children suffering from inappropriate teaching strategies. We must acknowledge that there is dysteachia—that kids have mislearned because they have been mistaught. I’ve never seen a girl with an IQ in the average range that couldn’t be taught to read. They can all be taught to read if you start at the right level and you provide a sequence that is going to teach reading systematically.
Although various reasons have been suggested for reading problems, inadequate environment and poor reading instruction are at the top of the list. Environmental explanations of poor reading achievement include limited opportunities for adequate oral language development, lack of access to text material in the home, and few parental models of engagement in literacy activities. Instructional limitations include the duet of ineffective instructional methods performed by teachers lacking basic knowledge about the reading process.

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