Once you realized that your students were struggling to comprehend the material that they were reading, did you make an effort to contact the middle schools in your area to try to change the curriculum so that future high school students do not face this problem?
To be quite honest, when I first realized what was going on, I was so new to the profession that I was struggling to figure out how to first handle the situation in front of me. Also, as a new teacher, I was happy just to have a job and I didn't want to make any waves.
Since then, our district and school site has become more active in working with the local middle schools. That's not to say that word callers are not still around (I would actually venture to say that there are more than most teachers believe), but we are making progress!
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