Does reading jargon have your head buzzing? Here is a glossary of the current "buzz" words in reading:
* Basal readers: Books of gradually increasing difficulty based on increasingly complex phonic rules, such as the famous Dick and Jane series.
* Whole language: A philosophy of teaching reading using children's literature instead of basal readers, with an attempt to integrate reading, language and writing.
* Phonics: The traditional means of teaching reading by sounding out unfamiliar words.
* Look-say: A means of teaching reading without phonics, whereby students are taught to recognize entire words at one glance.
* Resource center: The school library, especially if it's equipped zTC with computers and audiovisual equipment.
* Resource teacher: Not the librarian, but a specially trained teacher who assists students with learning problems. Usually these are special education teachers.
* Chapter One (or Title One) reading teacher: A federally funded teacher who assists classroom teachers on reading strategies and interventions.
-- From "Raising a Reader," by Paul Kropp
Pub Date: 6/14/98