October 15th, 2013

WATCH: The Training Gap

Chances are, you’ve forgotten the rules of reading. Consider the word “are”. Why is the “a” silent? Can you explain the rule?

English has many peculiar rules, and teaching children to read requires a deep knowledge of those rules. You’d think that colleges of education (and other places that train teachers) would devote significant time to reading instruction, but the truth may be surprising.

How should reading teachers be trained? We visit an innovative public school in Hartford, CT that may serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

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Is the “a” in the word are silent? Isn’t is the “e” that is silent?

When I was in first grade, we were taught a list of common words that were “rulebreakers.” I’m pretty sure “are” was included.

Now we teach kids that the r controls or bosses many vowels becoming the predominant sound.

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