Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reading Strategies and Reading Logistics

Reading Strategies, Reading Logistics and Planning 
Reading strategies to pass high stakes state reading exams cannot be done weeks before the testing window. Reading strategies are a logistical science that must be practiced and implemented at all grade levels sometimes years in advanced. Reading Logistics is the management of the flow of knowledge between the point of origin (teachers, books, media, and family) and the point of destination (students, parents, learning media, and literacy lessons) in order to meet the requirements of students or society. Reading Logistics involves the integration of all comprehensive literacy skills, background knowledge, vocabulary knowledge, phonics, fluency, and critical academic vocabulary. Today the complexity of reading logistics can be modeled, analyzed, visualized and optimized by logistical analysis, yet is constantly changing to meet the needs of students.

The term logistics comes from the Greek logos (λόγος), meaning "speech, reason, ratio, rationality, language, phrase", and more specifically from the Greek word logistiki (λογιστική), meaning accounting (accountability) and organization.

If students do not receive the literacy skills intended you may need to analyze the reading logistics in your school or your classroom. Some may want to blame students or parents for a lack of student’s success yet if they have never been involved in logistical planning from the inception they can not be expected to help in the process. Parents and student need explicit knowledge to help make reading logistics work smoothly. This can involve anything from fluency practice, reading vocabulary list, to home academic vocabulary games, to accountability and parental accountability.

Reading logistics questions you may need to ask!
  1. Dose my district have clear reading logistics in place for student success?
  2. Dose reading intervention and logistics have to cost BIG BUCKS?
  3. What Tier 1, 2, and 3 words do I need to teach this year?
  4. How many words should my students know?
  5. What are the fastest/best methods for delivering literacy skills? 
  6. Do students learn logistical thinking using things like characterization charts?
  7. Dose your school do word analysis of standardized test that are released by your state or similar states? Do you know what level the Blooms taxonomy questions are on reading exams?   
  8. Who determines grade level?
  9. What interventions really work.?
  10. What is the best pacing and time line for reading intervention.

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