Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To level, or not to level, that is the question!

Leveling books for classroom use, whether in a school library or individual classroom, is a hotly debated topic.  Regardless of which side of the debate you favor, most people essentially agree that to become more fluent readers, students need to read often and read materials that are neither too easy nor too challenging.  Yet, most people also tend to agree that there are times when students should be reading more challenging and complex texts, but with appropriate guidance.
http://hechingerreport.org/content/tailor-difficulty-school-text-childs-comfort-level-make-sweat_17618/
 via kwout

In her article, Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child's comfort level or make them sweat?, Annie Murphy Paul provides a balanced discussion of this debate.